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.

ATKINS (J.B.). Side-shows. Christophers, Lancaster Place, Strand, W.C., 1908. F'cap 8vo; imprint leaf at end; royal blue buckram, ruled blind on back cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked with vignette, gilt on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine; t.e. gilt, and uncut [sic]; laid paper end-papers. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper of a handsome book.

Publisher's ‘Office Production Copy', with small sticker to this effect on spine of dust-wrapper. Essays republished from the Spectator, the Manchester Guardian, etc. Uncut gilt top-edges is a phenomenon we have not come across before! A very early Christophers title.

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[AUDEN (W.H.).]. [Cover title:] Westminster Theatre Group Theatre Season: Sweeney Agonistes And The dance of death. N.D. [1935]. 8pp. cr.4to, wire stitched into thick paper wrappers. Nice copy. Scarce.

Joint programme for ‘Sweeney Agonistes' by T.S. Eliot, and ‘The Dance of Death' by Auden. Includes a brief article by Auden: ‘I want the Theatre to be ..'. A pencil note on the front wrapper records the date of the performance for which this programme was bought as ‘7.10.35'.

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AUDEN (W.H.) and MACNEICE (Louis). Letters From Iceland. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, July 1937. Blank before half-title, two at end; half-tone frontispiece, and fifteen double-sided plates, folding map printed in red and black, and seven diagrams on text-paper; faintly mottled light green cloth lettered down spine in red and purplish grey; t.e. purplish grey. Near-fine copy.

Mainly by Auden. A mixture of verse and prose, at times very funny. In this copy p.20 l.12, has a raised full stop at the end of the line; p.24 has a damaged ‘I' in ‘PART I': state or issue significance, if any, undetermined.

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AUDEN (W.H.). A Certain World: A Commonplace Book. Faber and Faber, 3 Queen Square, 1971. Demy 8vo; carmine cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition of a book published in America in 1970. Review copy, with the review slip, giving the scheduled date of publication as 3rd May 1971, loosely laid in.

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[AUDEN (W.H.).]. The star Thrower [by] Loren Eiseley. Introduction by W.H. Auden. Wildwood House, 1978. Double demy 16mo; blank before half-title; very dark blue boards, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

"'The Star Thrower' is Eiseley's biggest and best book, a banquet of his favourite writings, selected and arranged by the author himself. More than half the essays and poems have never appeared in a book before." - Publisher's blurb. Auden's Introduction occupies some ten pages.

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[AUSTEN (Jane).]. Jane Austen's Sailor brothers: Being the Adventures of Sir Francis Austen, G.C.B., Admiral of the Fleet And Rear-Admiral Charles Austen By J.H. Hubback And Edith C. Hubback. 1906, London: John Lane, The Bodley Head, Vigo Street, W. New York: John Lane Company. Demy 8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; twenty-two inserted plates and facsimiles; integral leaf publisher's advertisements at end; pp.[xvi]+[294]+[ii]; pale green fine-weave cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and neat restoration to cloth at upper corner of back joint; a very little scattered light foxing; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Written by the grandson of Jane Austen's brother, Francis (later Admiral Sir Francis Austen, K.C.B.), and including much material from family sources, including letters and other documents, some of it here first published.

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AYRTON (Elizabeth). The Cook's tale. 1957, Chatto and Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; pp.[viii]+216; chalk-blue fine beaded linen-grain boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Michael Ayrton.

A series of linked short-stories, that is also a cook-book.

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AYRTON (Michael). Fabrications. Secker & Warburg, 1972. Black cloth lettered silver down spine. One corner bruised, otherwise a fine copy in very slightly scuffed dust-wrapper designed by the author.



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[BACKLUND] (Percival). Text from the void. Art Distribution, Stockholm, Sweden, 1972. One gathering, narrow lge.post 8vo, wire-stitched; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed in royal blue and black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 432 numbered copies, designed by the author. The first edition of the English version. A Swedish text was published in January 1966 in an edition limited to 324 numbered copies.

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BAGNOLD (Enid [Lady Jones]). A diary Without dates. London, William Heinemann, 1918. F'cap 8vo; advertisement leaf (printed on verso only) precedes half-title; blank at end; pp.[xii]+146+[ii]; grey hammered boards, blocked with publisher's initials device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Slight foxing of edges, but a very nice copy nonetheless of a delicate book.

The author's scarce first book. The diary of a nurse during the first world war.

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BAGNOLD (Enid [Lady Jones]). The Happy Foreigner. 1920, William Heinemann. Blank at end; dull dark blue crushed morocco cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device within blind ruled box on back cover, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Neat rubber ownership stamp on front end-paper; light foxing of edges and prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy, largely unopened.



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BAGNOLD (Enid [Lady Jones]). "National Velvet". Drawings by Laurian Jones. William Heinemann Ltd., 1935. Blank before half-title; 8pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; numerous illustrations on text-paper; black buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy.



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BAGNOLD (Enid [Lady Jones]). Enid Bagnold's Autobiography (from 1889). Heinemann : London, 1969. Demy 8vo; eight double sided half-tone plates; thirteen illustrations and facsimiles in the text; pp.[x]+293+[i (blank)]; black cloth blocked with publisher's windmill device (after William Nicholson), gilt, on front cover, panelled parchment, lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed in bright lime green and black with illustrations and facsimile holograph captions by the author. Fine copy in dust-wrapper featuring a portrait of the authoress by Walter Sickert.



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BALCHIN (Nigel). The Small back room. Collins, 48 Pall Mall London, 1943. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.198; vermilion rough buckram lettered black on spine. Very nice copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

Because of the wartime paper shortage, printed in Bombay. The dust-wrapper remarks on the scarcity of Balchin's previous novel, ‘Darkness and Day' - and the importation of this one must have been quite small. The present copy belongs to the Indian issue, the dust-wrapper price being added in rupees.

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BALCHIN (Nigel). Mine own Executioner. Collins, 14 St. James's Place, 1945. r.8vo; black fine weave cloth lettered gilt on spine; cream end-papers. Fine copy in slightly chipped and rather frayed dust-wrapper, torn somewhat along fold of front flap.



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BALCHIN (Nigel). The Borgia Testament. Collins, 14 St. James's Place, 1948. Imp.16mo in half sheets; lemon yellow cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut; cream end-papers. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.



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BALCHIN (Nigel). A sort Of traitors. Collins, St. James's Place, 1949. Salmon red cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised on spine, as usual with this title; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper with three or four small chips.



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BALCHIN (Nigel). The Anatomy of Villainy. Collins, 1950. Demy 8vo; red cloth lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with very small chip on back panel.



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BALCHIN (Nigel). Sundry Creditors. Collins, St James's Place, 1953. Extra cr.8vo; pp.256; scarlet fine textured cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Inscription (dated August 4. 1953) on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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BALCHIN (Nigel). The Fall of the Sparrow. Collins, St James's Place, 1955. Double extra cr.16mo; final blank; pp.318+[ii]; black cloth textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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BALCHIN (Nigel). Seen Dimly Before Dawn. Collins, St James's Place, 1962. Cr. 8vo; scarlet boards lettered and ruled gilt on spine. Light stains on one opening; a few small corners foxed; a little spotting of covers; otherwise a nice copy in dust-wrapper.



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BALDWIN (James). James Baldwin/Nikki Giovanni: A Dialogue. Foreword by Ida Lewis, Afterword by Orde Combs. Michael Joseph, 1975. Brownish-grey boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine in dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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BALDWIN (Michael). Grandad With Snails. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1960. Final blank; yellow boards lettered black up spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The author's first novel.

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BALDWIN (Michael). Miraclejack. Secker & Warburg, 1963. Lge.16mo; final blank; blue boards blocked and lettered silver on spine. Edges slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly marked and rubbed dust-wrapper.



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BALFOUR (Frederick H.). The Expiation of Eugene: A Novel. London, Greening & Co. Ltd., 1905. (All Rights Reserved). Integral leaf of publisher's advertisements precedes half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.viii+452+[iv]; light green flecked with pale green linen-patterned cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black, blocked deep olive green, on front cover, lettered black on spine. Fine copy.

A well-written and interesting cross between ‘Dorian Gray' and ‘Jekyll and Hyde': with a Uranian protagonist, and elements of blackmail. This title not in Wolff, who does however record four other titles by this author published between 1884 and 1895, all under the psedonym ‘Ross George Dering'. Wolff also notes that Balfour published five volumes of essays on China, under his own name, between 1876 and 1887.

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BALLARD (J.G.). Empire of the sun. A Novel By J.G. Ballard. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1984. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; leaf bearing copyright and other notices precedes title-page; half-title not called for; final blank; pp.[viii]+521+[iii]; lilac wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper; issued without end-papers. Back wrapper lightly stained, and small corner of front wrapper turned; otherwise a nice copy.

Not a proof copy. A printed note on the front wrapper (repeated on the copyright leaf) records: ‘This is a copy of the uncorrected typescript. Approximate details of the finished book: Size 229 x 153mm Extent: 288 pages Price: £8.95 ISBN 0575 03483 1'. According to a publisher's source, only thirty copies of this edition were produced, for consultation purposes, in advance of the first proofs. The typescript reproduced is not a clean one, but shows a large number of ms. deletions, additions, and corrections in the author's hand. It differs considerably from both the the first book proofs and the published book. Signed by the author on the upper margin of the title-page. The novel was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1984.

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BANKS (Iain). The crow road. Scribners, 1992. Double med.16mo; vignettes on title-page, fly-titles, and at start of chapters; two blanks at end; pp.vi+501+[v]; quarter black cloth-textured boards blocked and downlettered with short rule, silver, grey cloth-textured board sides; t.e. dark charcoal; dark charcoal head-band; end-papers printed with Scribners logo in grey and black. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition of a book published in America in 1991.

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BANKS (Lynne Reid). Two Is lonely. 1974, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; pp.[iv]+[280]; dull turquoise cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The third volume of the ‘L-Shaped Room' trilogy.

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BANKS (Lynne Reid). Defy The wilderness. 1981, Chatto & Windus. Uncorrected advance proof copy. Final blank; powder blue wrappers printed on sides in black. Fine copy.

A novel set in modern Israel.

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BANKS (Lynne Reid). Defy The wilderness. 1981, Chatto & Windus. Double cr.16mo; final blank; light sea-green boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A novel set in modern Israel.

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BARCYNSKA (Countess [Hélène, i.e, Margeurite Florence Barclay]). The little mother Who sits at home. Edited by Countess Barcynska. T.C. & E.C. Jack, London & Edinburgh, N.D. [1914]. Globe 8vo; pp.x+[172]; lavender rough buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight mottled fading of front cover; otherwise a very nice copy.

Countess Barcynska's first book: written, and not just edited by her.

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BARCYNSKA (Countess [Hélène, i.e, Margeurite Florence Barclay]). He married His parlourmaid: An Honest-to-goodness Drawing-room Melodrama. Chapman And Hall Ld., London, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; black buckram, ruled khaki on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered khaki on spine. Fine copy.



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BAREA (Arturo). The clash. Translated from the Spanish By Ilsa Barea. Faber and Faber Ltd, 1946. Deep pink linen lettered gilt down spine; printed on cream toned paper; old cream end-papers. Fine copy in very slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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BARING (Maurice). The Mainsprings of Russia. Thomas Nelson and Sons, June 1914. Lge.16mo; half-title not called for; brown cloth ruled blind, blocked dark brown and light blue, lettered brown through dark brown, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight wear to head and tail of spine and corners; otherwise a very nice copy.



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BARING (Maurice). Round the World in Any Number of Days. Chatto & Windus, 1919. Five illustrations on thinner paper tipped in; slate purple cloth ruled blind on front cover, lettered green on front cover and spine; lower edges uncut. Covers a little dull, otherwise a fine copy.

The first English edition.

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BARING (Maurice). Tinker's leave. London, William Heinemann Ltd., 1927. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title, two at end; full colour frontispiece with tissue guard; light brown linen grain cloth, ruled blind, blocked gilt on front cover, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

The first issue, in large format, and in brown cloth; the book was later issued trimmed somewhat smaller and in green cloth.

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BARING (Maurice). Have you Anything to declare? A Note Book with Commentaries. William Heinemann Ltd, 99 Great Russell Street, N.D. [1936]. Med.8vo; jade green smooth cloth, blocked blind on back cover, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; tan end-papers. Cloth of front joint restored; a few light pencil notes; otherwise a nice copy.



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BARING-GOULD (S.). Royal Georgie. With eight illustrations by D. Murray Smith. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1901. Half-tone frontispiece and seven plates; final blank, followed by publisher's inserted 48pp. Catalogue (last page blank); pp.[viii]+333+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; vertically fine ribbed scarlet cloth, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Neat restorations to cloth at head and tail of spine; covers a little marked; a little scattered foxing, mostly facing plates; a near-nice copy, nonetheless.

S.C. Humphrey's check-list, 116.

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BARING-GOULD (S.). A book of The Pyrenees. With twenty-five illustrations. Methuen & Co., 1907. Frontispiece, twenty-three plates, and inserted map; blank, followed by publisher's inserted 40pp. Catalogue at end, dated February 1907; pp.[viii]+309+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; deep pinkish red moiré effect fine diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Nice copy.

Listed as item 14 on S.C. Humphrey's check-list of Baring Gould's writings. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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BARING-GOULD (S., M.A.). Family names And their story. Seeley & Co. Limited, 38 Great Russell Street, 1910. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[432]; publisher's inserted 16pp. Catalogue at end; blue buckram, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.

Listed as item 49 on S.C. Humphrey's check-list of Baring Gould's writings. Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

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BARKER (A[udrey]. L[ilian].). Innocents: Variations on a theme. London, The Hogarth Press, 1947. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.204+[ii]; light sea-green rough buckram lettered gilt down and on spine; t.e. grey-green. Virtually fine copy in slightly chipped and badly torn dust-wrapper, once heavily sellotaped on verso of back panel, but now preserved in loose paper-backed clear plastic chemise.

Presentation copy to Norah Smallwood of Chatto & Windus, with the author's holograph ink inscription on the front end-paper, signed ‘Pat / (alias A.L. Barker)' and dated May 1984. The pencilled signature of Norah Smallwood appears above it. The author's scarce first book. The dust-wrapper design on the front panel, which is virtually undamaged, is by Duncan Grant.

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BARKER (A[udrey]. L[ilian].). A heavy Feather. 1978, The Hogarth Press, London. Double lge.post 16mo; three blanks at end, the last serving as pastedown; pp.234+[vi]; light brown smooth cloth textured boards, imitating buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Extremities of spine a trifle bruised; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Dedicated to Norah Smallwood of Chatto & Windus. This copy was from the Chatto file, and bears their file copy label and their brief library inscription in pencil on the front end-paper.

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BARKER (A[udrey]. L[ilian].). Life stories. 1981, The Hogarth Press. Double lge.post 16mo; pp.319+[i (blank)]; light blue-green cloth-textured boards, lettered gilt on spine. Extremities of spine a trifle bruised, but a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The publisher's file copy, with their label to this effect on the front end-paper.

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BARKER (George). Essays. Macgibbon & Kee, 1970. Double demy 16mo; pp.[191]+[i (blank)]; grey-brown cloth-textured boards down-lettered and blocked gilt on spine. Very nice copy in internally re-inforced dust-wrapper. Uncommon.



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BARKER (George). The jubjub bird Or some remarks on the Prose poem & A little honouring of Lionel Johnson. Greville Press Pamphlets, 1985. Single leaves demy 8vo, stapled; limitation leaf follows half-title; leaf bearing publication details on recto, blank on verso, follows title-leaf; printed throughout on one side of the paper only; pp.[viii]+[30 (paged as 15)]; stapled into white paper wrappers, buff paper label on front wrapper with typed title, author's name, and date within ruled red-ink box. Some marks on half-title, and various inscriptions (v. note); otherwise fine.

First page proofs, bearing Barker's holograph initials in pencil on front wrapper, his pencilled signature on half-title, and numerous ink corrections in text, variously in his hand and that of the printer, Peter Lloyd. In addition, the half-title has been inscribed ‘George's' and ‘1st proof' in Peter Lloyd's hand in ink, and ‘first & personal copy' in pencil in the hand of the author. Unique copy, and possibly one of only two or three copies of these proofs.

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BARKER (George). The jubjub bird: Or some remarks on the Prose poem & A little honouring of Lionel Johnson. Greville Press Pamphlets, 1985. Demy 8vo format, 20pp. sewn as a single gathering into plain white card wrappers, cut flush, tipped into dust-wrapper; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 150 copies.

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BARLOW (James). Term of Trial. Hamish Hamilton, 1961. Double post 16mo; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; scarlet boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper strengthened on verso with clear tape.



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BARNES (Djuna). Nightwood. Faber and Faber Ltd, 1936. Blank before half-title; purple cloth lettered gilt on spine. Tail of spine a trifle faded, and end-papers foxed; otherwise a near-fine copy.



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BARR (Robert). The speculations Of John Steele. Illustrated by F.R. Gruger. New York, Frederick A. Stokes Company, Publishers, September 1905. Half-tone frontispiece and six plates; two blanks at end; pp.[viii]+308+[iv]; light pinkish brown vertically fine bead-ribbed cloth, blocked pictorially white and dark brown, ruled and lettered dark brown, on front cover, blocked white, lettered dark brown, on flat spine. White blocking faded on spine; fore- and lower- edges of front cover very lightly damp-stained (not affecting design); small scuff to blank upper margin of frontispiece, possibly due to an original paper fault; otherwise a very nice copy.

According to the English Catalogue of Books, the british edition was published a month later. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined): p.238, l.25, wrong font ‘nc' in ‘indulgence'; p.255, l.2, comma missing after ‘car'; p.267, l.24, wrong font ‘B' in ‘Black'.

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BARRIE (J.M.). George Meredith. 1909, At the Chiswick Press.Woodcut illustration, headpiece, tailpiece, and initial letter; printed throughout in red and black. Inscription on front free end-paper, otherwise a very nice copy.



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BARSTOW (Stan). Ask me tomorrow. Michael Joseph, 1962. Double cr.16mo; black boards blocked and lettered old silver on spine. Corner cut from front end-paper; end-papers embrowned; otherwise a nice copy in slightly frayed and dusty dust-wrapper.



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BARSTOW (Stan). A Season with Eros. Short stories. Michael Joseph, 1971. Grey boards lettered gilt on spine. Near fine copy in dust-wrapper



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BARTH (John). Letters: A novel. Secker & Warburg, 1980. Double med.16mo, perfect bound; blank, half-title, and advertisement leaf precede title-page; dedication leaf and three index leaves follow title-page; pp.[xvi]+772; quarter black cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, very pale brown boards; black and white head- and tail- bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First edition, English issue: the American sheets and casing, provided with a cancel title-page (printed in America), and dust-wrapper bearing the Secker & Warburg imprint. The spine bears the imprint of Putnam, who published the book in America in 1979. Comparatively few copies of the English issue were produced.

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BARTHELME (Donald). Amateurs. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London and Henley, 1977. Demy 8vo; black boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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"BARTIMEUS" [i.e. L.A. da Costa Ricci]. The long trick. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1917. Blue cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Corner of back end-paper folded due to an original binding fault; otherwise a very nice copy.



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"BARTIMEUS" [i.e. L.A. da Costa Ricci]. An Awfully Big Adventure. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1919. Dull light blue beaded linen-grain cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Covers used; small tear in cloth at head of spine; two ink-spots on fore-edges and prelims. lightly foxed; internally fine otherwise.



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BARTLETT (Vernon). Tuscan Retreat. With illustrations by Maurice Bartlett. 1964, Chatto & Windus, London. Demy 8vo; numerous illustrations in text; pp.207+[i (blank)]; dull brown cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with pecilled alteration to front panel (v. note).

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her ink signature on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto & Windus, and her copies of their books were frequently advance copies or trial printings differing in minor respects from the published book. In the present instance the dust-wrapper may well be a proof: Norah Smallwood has pencilled in the author's name in a different position from where it has been placed in the design (ranged right in one line beneath the title against the white sky of the illustration on the cover panel, instead of in two lines, centred and somewhat larger, white through the green of the field at the foot).

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BATES (H.E.). The seekers. John and Edward Bumpus, 1926. Blue-grey boards blocked and lettered gilt on front cover. Slight wear to spine, and edges of covers very slightly faded; scattered light foxing; in general a nice copy.



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BATES (H.E.). The two sisters. With a foreword by Edward Garnett. Jonathan Cape Limited, Thirty Bedford Square, 1926. Cerise buckram, blocked with publisher's initials and device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the front end-paper. The author's first novel, written at the age of twenty.

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BATES (H.E.). The spring song And In view of the fact that. Two stories. "The Lantern Press," Gelber, Lilienthal, Inc., San Francisco, Cal., U.S.A., 1927. One gathering, double post 8vo, wire-stitched into plain buff paper wrappers, with purple and yellow marbled self-wrappers printed on front panel in black, laid onto wrappers at flaps; half-title not called for; portrait frontispiece by William Roberts, printed in grey; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. A fine copy of a delicate book.

One of a total edition limited to only fifty numbered copies signed by the author. The first of Bates' books to appear in a limited edition in America, though in fact printed and made up in England, and identical, except for the recto and verso of the title leaf, with the much larger English edition.

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BATES (H.E.). Seven tales and Alexander. The Scholartis Press, 1929. Publisher's advertisement slip loosely laid-in, as issued. Gilt dull on spine and spine very slightly faded; slight wear to corners; otherwise a very nice copy in chipped, frayed, and dusty dust-wrapper.

One of 1,000 copies.

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BATES (H.E.). Catherine Foster. Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1929. Grey-green rough cloth printed all over with a muslin-weave pattern in brown, blocked with publisher's initials and device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. One small fox-spot running through four leaves; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Loosely laid in, as issued, is the publisher's green postcard advertisement for ‘Now & Then'. The author's second novel.

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BATES (H.E.). Mrs. Esmond's Life. London, 1931, Privately printed. Cr.4to; limitation leaf precedes title-page; half-title not called for; colophon leaf at end; green buckram lettered gilt up spine, blocked with author's signature gilt on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly faded, and one small spot on cloth; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

One of an edition limited to only fifty copies on large paper.

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BATES (H.E.). Mrs. Esmond's Life. London, 1931, Privately Printed. Super roy.16mo; blank and limitation leaf precede title-page; half-title not called for; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; yellow buckram lettered gilt up spine and on front cover; t.e.g.; cream end-papers. Virtually fine.

One of an edition limited to 300 numbered copies, this copy being signed by the author. ‘Published', according to the colophon, by E. Lahr, 68, Red Lion Street.

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BATES (H.E.). The story Without an end And The country doctor. The White Owl Press, 1932. Demy 8vo, printed in half-sheets; fourblanks at front and back, the outermost serving as end-papers; limitation leaf precedes half-title page; wood-engraved frontispiece on verso of half-title; wood-engraved head-piece to the first story; bevelled khaki coarse buckram, lettered gilt up spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Very slight offsetting from frontispiece; otherwise a fine copy in glassine dust-wrapper.

Of a total edition limited to 130 copies, numbered and signed by the author, this is one of 105 copies printed on Abbey Mills cream laid paper.

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BATES (H.E.). Spella ho. A novel. Jonathan Cape, 1938. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; pale blue-green fine weave cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. green, lower-edges rough trimmed. Very nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Bates' longest novel, and an uncommon title.

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BATES (H.E.). In the heart Of the country. Illustrated by C.F. Tunnicliffe. Country Life Limited, 2-10 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, W.C.2, 1942. Double cr.4to; blank before half-title; vignette on title and numerous woodcut illustrations on text-paper; final blank; green cloth lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Slight, light, foxing of prelims. and last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper bearing woodcut illustrations by Tunnicliffe on front and back.



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[BATES (H.E.).]. Guild Books No.17: How sleep the Brave And other stories By Flying Officer "X". Published for The British Publishers Guild By Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1943. F'cap 8vo; pp.80, wire-stabbed; white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in orange and black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers minutely chipped at head and tail of spine, and insignificantly rubbed over joints; very small, neat, light ink name on front wrapper; poor quality war-time paper somewhat embrowned; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued in the same year as the hard-cover edition, which appeared under the Cape imprint alone. The verso of the title-page, which is also the Contents page, bears the legend "First Published by Jonathan Cape Ltd., and Guild Books 1943". For this issue the prelims. were reset, and their arrangement rationalised, chiefly in order to decongest the overcrowded Contents/copyright page, which in the cloth issue had also carried the dedication and the printer's imprint. These have here been moved respectively to the verso of the half-title leaf, and to the end of the text.

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BATES (H.E.). The Cruise of The Breadwinner. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, 1946. First gathering printed in brown and black; black cloth, blocked silver on front cover and spine, lettered silver and black through silver on spine; end-papers printed pictorially brown. Fine copy in slightly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.



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BATES (H.E.). The Country Heart. Drawings by John Minton. Michael Joseph, 1949. Frontispiece, title-page, and numerous other drawings by Minton, printed in green; green cloth, blocked and lettered in green on spine and front cover after a design by Minton; t.e. green. Fine copy.



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BATES (H.E.). Flower gardening. A Reader's Guide. 1950, Published for The National Book League By The Cambridge University Press. 24pp., demy 8vo format, wire-stitched as a single gathering into white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and pink; woodcut vignettes in black on title and front wrapper, by Joan Hassall; issued without half-title or end-papers. Dewy classification number written on lower corner of front wrapper; minute chip from top corner of front wrapper; pink of front wrapper slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

Issued in the series ‘Reader's Guides'.

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BATES (H.E.). Colonel Julian And other stories. Michael Joseph, 1951. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.255+[i (blank)]; mottled bright blue cloth, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.



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BATES (H.E.). Pastoral on paper. Photographs by John Gay. Map and Drawings by Leslie S. Haywood. The Medway Corrugated Paper Company Limited, [on colophon:] Maidstone, Kent, N.D. [1952]. Double cr.8vo; blank before half-title; thirty-three fine half-tone plates, from photographs; other illustrations in text; colophon leaf at end; bevelled diagonally fine ribbed greenish grey cloth lettered gilt on front cover and up spine; t.e. pale green; pale green and yellow head-band; end-papers printed with map of Kent in colour. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

An uncommon title.

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BATES (H.E.). Love For Lydia. London, Michael Joseph, 1952. Double cr.16mo; pp.319+[i (blank)]; deep pink cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. deep pink. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper, slightly darkened on spine.



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BATES (H.E.). The Country Of White Clover. Michael Joseph, 1952. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; numerous illustrations on text-paper; tan wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; proof of the end-papers, printed with illustration in brown, tipped in at end. A few small corners turned; otherwise in general a nice copy.

Uncorrected Proof Copy.

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BATES (H.E.). The Sleepless Moon. Michael Joseph, 1956. Double cr.16mo; black cloth, blocked pictorially gilt onfrontcover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in badly frayed and very slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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BATES (H.E.). Sugar for the horse. Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. Michael Joseph, 1957. Numerous illustrations on text paper; blue cloth blocked and lettered gilt, panelled maroon on spine. Fine copy in slightly chipped and torn dust-wrapper designed by Ardizzone.

New Uncle Silas stories.

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BATES (H.E.). A Breath Of French Air. Michael Joseph, 1959. Double cr.16mo; sky blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

The second volume of the Larkin tetralogy.

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BATES (H.E.). When the Green Woods Laugh. Michael Joseph, 1960. Double cr.16mo; final blank; light green cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

The final volume of the Larkin trilogy.

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BATES (H.E.). Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal And other stories. Michael Joseph, 1961. Lge 16mo; final blank; bright salmon red cloth, lettered and blocked with publisher's device gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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BATES (H.E.). The Fabulous Mrs V. Michael Joseph, 1964. Double cr.16mo; pale blue wrappers, cut flush, printed black on front wrapper; made up without end-papers. Wrappers faded and marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Uncorrected Proof Copy.

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BATES (H.E.). A Fountain of Flowers. Colour Plates by Patrick Matthews. Michael Joseph, 1974. Lge.med.8vo; blank, serving as pastedown, and leaf printed with advertisement on verso, precede half-title; two blanks at end serving as end-papers; eight double-sided plates in full colour; brownish-grey boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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BATES (H.E.). The yellow meads Of asphodel. With drawings by John Ward. Michael Joseph, 1976. Lge.cr.8vo, printed in half sheets; vignette title-page printed in black and brown; numerous illustrations on text-paper; brown cloth panelled blind, blocked gilt, on front cover, panelled dark brown, blocked and lettered gilt down spine; blue-grey end-papers. Fine copy in slightly creased glassine dust-wrapper.

One of an edition limited to 350 copies. Published to mark the fortieth anniversary of Michael Joseph Limited, and not for sale. Walter Allen's copy, with his signature on the front end-paper, and the publisher's signed presentation slip loosely laid in. One of the last stories written by H.E. Bates, here first published.

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BATES (H.E.). The yellow meads Of asphodel. Michael Joseph, 1976. Double cr.16mo; buff wrappers, cut flush, printed in black on front wrapper and down spine. Pencil notes on one leaf; otherwise a fine copy.

Uncorrected proof copy. Agent's copy, with the rubber stamp of Bates' literary agent on the half-title page.

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BAUM (Vicki). Grand hotel. Geoffrey Bles, 22 Suffolk Street Pall Mall, London, September 1930. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.[iv]+315+[i (blank)]; very pale blue fine linen effect buckram, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's device, black, on spine. A little, barely noticeable, foxing to edges, otherwise a fine copy in two variants of the dust-wrapper (v. note).

Translated by Basil Creighton. The first appearance in English of ‘Menschen im Hotel', preceding the american edition by a year. The unusual, and very striking, pictorial dust-wrapper, the design of which spreads across the front and back panels, the spine, and both flaps, looks like an advance still from the film, starring Greta Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford, and others, which was to win an Oscar in 1932. The two versions of the dustwrapper here present differ in the following respects: one (with two or three small chips and some creasing) has the background printed relatively lightly, bears the price ‘7s. 6d. / NET' overprinted in red on the front flap, and the author's name on the front panel and all the lettering on the spine wholly in red; the second (very slightly frayed at head and tail of spine) has the background printed darker, has no price on the front flap, and the author's name on the front panel and all the lettering on the spine in red outlined with white. The price ‘3/6' has been overprinted, blind-through-red, almost invisibly onto the spine. It does not appear on the front flap. We suspect this latter dust-wrapper of being a proof for the dust-wrapper of the cheap edition. (Later printings bore the price as ‘3s. 6d. / NET').

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BAWDEN (Nina). The Birds On the Trees. Longman, 1970. Maroon boards blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed and faded dust-wrapper.



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BAWDEN (Nina). The Ice House. Macmillan, 1983. Demy 8vo; light brown boards, lettered silver down spine. Near-fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Published at £7.95. In this copy, which is of unknown provenance, four pages have been marked lightly with alterations and excisions in pencil. Type-set in Suffolk, printed in Hong Kong.

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BAX (Clifford). Inland far: A book Of thoughts And Impressions. William Heinemann Ltd, 1925. Lge.imp.16mo in half sheets; pp.332; light brown buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of sides a little flexion creased; prelims. very lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, bearing the author's signed holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Edward Thomas, Yeats, A.E.; New Guinea, Japan, San Francisco, Austria; and a good deal that is more personal.

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BEACH (Rex). The Iron trail: An Alaskan romance. Illustrated. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York and London, [August,] 1913. Leaf excised before title-page, leaving a stub (v.note); half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and seven plates, after M.Leone Bracker; pp.[vi]+[391]+[i (blank)]; scarlet fine-weave cloth blocked gilt and black, lettered gilt and with black and white half-tone onlay within black-ruled box on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised on spine, otherwise a near-fine copy.

First edition, English issue, in which the first leaf was removed to suppress dollar advertisements. The English issue is scarce.

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BEARDSLEY (Aubrey). Letters to Leonard Smithers. Edited with Introduction and notes by R.A. Walker. The First Edition Club, 1937. Title-page with a design by Beardsley; black buckram ruled with a grid pattern in gilt on sides and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut; white end-papers printed pictorially in grey and black. One corner bruised; otherwise a near fine, unopened, copy.

Review copy, with the review slip signed in type by A.J.A. Symons loosely inserted. Printed on hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press. Rather a beautiful volume created (including the covers) by Dr. Desmond Flower. The twenty-fourth publication of the First Edition Club. The Beardsley design on the title-page is here first published.

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BEATON (Cecil). Near east. B.T. Batsford Ltd., 15 North Audley Street W.1, Spring 1943. Demy 8vo, gathered in half-sheets; frontispiece, and twentythree double-sided plates from photographs by the author; orange red cloth lettered yellow on front cover and up spine; t.e. red. Very slight fading of covers; edges and some margins foxed; half-title and frontispiece creased and slightly torn in lower margin; otherwise a nice copy.



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BEATON (Cecil). Before the Sunset fades Recalled by The Marchioness of Bath. The Longleat Estate Company, no place, 1951. Two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; cover design and numerous illustrations in the text by Beaton; white boards printed in purple and black. A fine copy.



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BECKETT (Samuel). Watt. Collection Merlin, The Olympia Press, [Paris], 1953. Sm.Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; colophon leaf at end; pp.254+[ii]; white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in deep rose and black; issued without end-papers. Very slight foxing of some half dozen or so leaves; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

One of 1,100 numbered copies of a total edition of 1,125. The correct first printing.

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BECKETT (Samuel). Molloy. A novel. Translated from the French By Patrick Bowles In collaboration with the Author. Collection Merlin, The Olympia Press, 8 rue de Nesle, Paris 6e, [France,] [on colophon:] 1955. Sm.imp.16mo; blank before half-title; imprint leaf and two blanks at end; plain white thin boards; dust-wrapper printed in blue-green, black, and brown. Dust-wrapper carefully covered with clear platic laminate, apparently when new; contemporary reviews tipped onto blanks at end, and also a typescript and ms. Note (v. below), and portrait of Beckett tipped on to back pastedown; otherwise a fine copy.

The first edition in English. From the library of Charles Duff, with his bookplate on the back of the dust-wrapper, his typed "Note after 3rd reading of Molloy" (c.320 words) dated 3/2/1960, and brief initialled holograph addendum dated March 1966, tipped in at the end. The adhesive laminate, which has preserved the usually somewhat delicate wrappers in perfect condition has been turned over at the edges and consequently shows no sign of ‘creep'.

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BECKETT (Samuel). Molloy, Malone Dies, The unnamable: A trilogy. The Traveller's Companion Series Published by The Olympia Press, 7 rue Saint-Séverin, Paris 5 [France], 1959. F'cap 8vo; half-title not called for; title-page printed in black and green; fly-title to each part; pp.[ii]+[1]-398; [401]-579+[i (blank)]; white wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in green and black; issued without end-papers. Very nice copy.

Issued as No.71 in The Traveller's Companion Series. The first Paris one-volume edition, following the American, Grove Press, edition of the same year, and preceding the English edition.

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BECKETT (Samuel). Comédie Et Actes divers. Les Éditions de Minuit, 1966. Post 8vo in half-sheets; blank before half-title; Table leaf followed by colophon leaf at end; white self-wrappers cut flush at top- and lower- edges, printed in blue and black; issued without end-papers. Slight wear to paper of wrappers at tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Later issue, the wrappers marked 10th thousand and dating from 1969, as is made clear by the advertisements on the flaps.

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BECKETT (Samuel). The lost ones. Translated from the original French by the Author. Calder & Boyars, 1972. Quarter cream leather ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine, brown cloth covered boards, the front board blocked and lettered gilt. Spine slightly darkened, lettering on side imperfect due to an original binding fault; otherwise a fine copy in the original cloth covered slip case.

One of a limited numbered edition of only 100 copies, signed by the author and specially bound. Printed in advance of the trade edition.

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[BECKETT (Samuel).]. ‘Since how it is'. A study of Samuel Beckett's later fiction. By Brian Finney. Covent Garden Press Ltd 1972. F'cap 4to format, 52pp., wire-stitched as a single gathering; blank before half-title, two at end; white card wrappers, cut flush, printed yellow and black on front, black on inside covers. A fine copy.

Issued as Number Two of the series ‘Covent Garden Essays', under the editorship of Ronald Hayman. One of an issue limited to 500 copies of a total edition of 600. Includes a brief bibliographical check-list of the later writings.

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[BECKETT (Samuel).]. Beckett at 60. A festschrift. Calder and Boyars, 1967. Portrait frontispiece by Arikha on verso of half-title; two double sided plates; decorations on text-paper by Henri Hayden; red boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Contributors include John Calder, Martin Esslin, Harold Hobson, Maria Jolas, Hugh Kenner, Robert Pinget, Harold Pinter, etc.

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BECKFORD (William). The Episodes of Vathek. Translated by Sir Frank T. Marzials with an Introduction by Lewis Melville. Stephen Swift & Co., Ltd., 1912. Engraved portrait frontispiece on plate-paper; leaf of publisher's advertisements, final blank, and 14pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end; t.e.g., others uncut; diagonally fine-ribbed purple cloth blocked and lettered in gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover. Spine slightly darkened, and gilt just a little rubbed; end-papers a little discoloured; half-title lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

With publisher's presentation stamp in blind on the fore-margin of the title-page.

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BECKFORD (William). The Episodes of Vathek. Translated by Sir Frank T. Marzials with an Introduction by Lewis Melville. Stephen Swift & Co., Ltd., 1912. Engraved portrait frontispiece on plate-paper; leaf of publisher's advertisements, final blank, and 14pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end; t.e.g., others uncut; lilac buckram blocked and lettered in gilt on spine, blocked gilt on front cover. Spine slightly faded, and gilt a little rubbed; half-title lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

A binding variant, copies usually seen being in diagonally-fine-ribbed purple cloth.

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BEERBOHM (Max). The Poets' Corner. William Heinemann, 1904. Imp.4to format, single sheets, printed in colours on one side only, wire-stabbed into similar wrappers, cut flush, the front wrapper printed with a cartoon by Beerbohm not included in the volume, and the back wrapper coated plain fawn; half-title not called for; title-page printed in red and black, followed by Contents leaf, and twenty leaves bearing cartoons; end-papers not stabbed through, but folded as usual, and pasted in. Backstrip largely lacking; wrappers slightly dusty and with two or three very small chips at edges; front wrapper tissued on verso at lower inner corner; otherwise a very nice copy of a delicate item.

The second issue: in wrappers. Whatever may have been true of the issue in boards, the construction of the present copy shows quite clearly that the publisher envisaged that it should be broken up and the cartoons framed, and he has done everything in his power to make this easy! Most copies met with today are in fact partially defective, lacking one or more of the plates. The present volume, unusually, is complete.

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BEERBOHM (Max). A book of caricatures. Methuen & Co., 36 Essex Street, London, W.C., 1907. Imp.4to format, in quarter sheets; blank before half-title; frontispiece in colour, and forty-eight plates in black and white, all laid on to textured card mounts with recessed panel, and with tissue guard printed with caption in facsimile of Beerbohm's hand; quarter dark red buckram, lettered and with short rule, gilt, on spine, scarlet calico sides, paper label printed in black on front board; t.e.g., red and white head- and tail- bands. Slight fading to cloth of spine; small chip to edge of paper label, not touching ruled border, and small stain at same point just crossing border; a little scattered very light foxing to card mounts; a couple of tissues lightly creased; otherwise a nice copy.

A volume issued with the plates ready for framing - a fate which must have overtaken many copies - and difficult to find nowadays in acceptable and complete condition, as here.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Yet again. Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1909. Imprint leaf at end; royal blue buckram, glazed light brown spine label printed in black; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy of an uncommon title.



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BEERBOHM (Max). Zuleika Dobson: Or an Oxford love story. 1911, William Heinemann. Extra cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-title printed in brown; title-page printed in brown and black; printer's imprint leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[viii]+350+[ii]; light caramel buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; top-edges cut, others uncut. Very slight marking to covers, suspicion of creasing to head and tail of spine, and some foxing; a much nicer copy, however, than is usually seen.

Gallatin & Oliver, 8, binding A (no precedence): 2,150 copies were bound as this for issue to the general public, 1,390 in a much heavier, blind-stamped, rough cloth, for sale to libraries, it being reckoned that the smooth buckram used for the bulk of the issue was too light to wear well.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Cartoons "The Second Childhood Of John Bull". Published by Stephen Swift & Co. Ltd., At 10, John St., Adelphi, W.C., N.D. [1911]. Lge.folio, 446mm x 370mm; leaf bearing designer's imprint on verso precedes half-title leaf; half-title printed in red; title and Contents pages printed in red and black; text and cartoons printed on facing leaves on one side of the paper only, the latter in black and colours; quarter navy blue rough buckram, sea-green boards, the front board lettered in black. Light damp-marking of covers; two or three small chips from paper covering of boards; free end-papers creased, as almost always with this title; corner torn from front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

The first issue. A very much over-sized volume, in too light a binding, published by small firm that existed for only about two years, this is arguably Beerbohm's scarcest book. The series of cartoons was drawn in 1901.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Fifty caricatures. William Heinemann, 1913. F'cap 4to; first and last gatherings printed on white paper, the remainder on brown paper, the illustrations printed on cream paper and tipped on; title-page printed in crimson and black; integral advertisement leaf followed by imprint leaf at end; dark yellow-green fine diaper cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. A nice copy.

The cover design is by Beerbohm.

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BEERBOHM (Max). The Happy Hypocrite. Illustrated by George Sheringham. London, John Lane, The Bodley Head; New York: The John Lane Company, N.D. [1918]. Cr.4to; frontispiece and twenty-three plates printed in colours, all with tissue guards; title-page and recto of imprint leaf at end printed in brown and black; other illustrations in black and white, on text-paper; white coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and up spine, elaborately decorated all over on front cover in gold, dark and light blue, dark and light pink, white and green with a design by Sheringham; t.e. blue, others uncut; end-papers printed with decorations and a frieze design by Sheringham in blue and buff. Some bubbling of cloth of back cover, due to an original binding fault; otherwise a fine copy of a superb book.

The first illustrated and first revised edition, with an introduction by the author here first published.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Seven men. William Heinemann, 1919. Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; bright blue fine-diaper cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed, rubbed, and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

The first issue binding. Arguably Beerbohm's best book.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Seven men. William Heinemann, 1919. Blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; bright blue fine diaper cloth ruled blind, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very nice copy.

The first issue.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Seven men. 1919, London: William Heinemann. Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; dull blue fine-diaper cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. A few leaves lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed, lightly stained, and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

The second binding. Copies are also known with the lower-edges uncut. Arguably Beerbohm's best book.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Seven men. 1919, London: William Heinemann. Imp.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; dull blue fine-diaper cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Gilt dull on spine; some very light embrowning as usual with this volume; otherwise a nice copy.

The second binding, the first being in a similar bright blue cloth. Copies are also known with the lower-edges rough-trimmed. Arguably Beerbohm's best book.

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BEERBOHM (Max) [and others]. Herbert Beerbohm Tree: Some memories Of him and of his art Collected by Max Beerbohm. With photogravure frontispiece And 57 illustrations. Hutchinson & Co., N.D. [1920]. Demy 8vo; photogravure portrait frontispiece in sepia, with tissue guard; twenty-three plates on cream toned paper; other illustrations and facsimiles on text-paper; imprint leaf at end; diagonally fine ribbed bright purple cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Spine and edges of covers slightly faded, and with two small more faded patches on the spine (the vanished dust-wrapper having, evidently, had two chips in it); otherwise a fine copy.

A notoriously light-sensitive cloth, here unusually well preserved. Edited, and with a chapter by Max Beerbohm, other contributions by Iris, Maud, and Viola Tree, Edmund Gosse, Desmond MacCarthy, Gilbert Parker, Bernard Shaw, etc., speeches, letters, and other writings by the subject, and the first printings of letters to Tree from Robert Louis Stevenson, Irving, and others. Gallatin and Oliver, 16.

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BEERBOHM (Max). And even now. William Heinemann, 1920. Sq.cr.8vo; yellow buckram, paper spine-label; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Some fading of cloth, as is almost inevitable with this title; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper, darkened a little on spine.

Complete with the spare label, tipped in at end of text.

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BEERBOHM (Max). A survey. 1921, William Heinemann. Cr.4to; frontispiece printed in colours and tipped on to an inserted sheet of buff paper within green printed frame; half-title, title, dedication, and Contents leaves on white paper, the rest of the volume consisting of leaves of buff paper printed on rectos only with green frames, the cartoon illustrations, printed in sepia, being tipped on within these frames; all plates with printed thin paper guards; final leaf blank; scarlet cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Front cover slightly scratched; half-title foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.



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[BEERBOHM (Max).]. Max Beerbohm In perspective By Bohun Lynch. With a prefatory letter by M.B. Illustrated. 1921, William Heinemann. Sq.lge.post 8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title page; full colour portrait frontispiece of Max as a child, with tissue guard; twelve black and white plates; numerous illustrations on text-paper; final blank; cerise buckram lettered gilt on spine. A generally nice copy. Scarce.

The secondary binding executed for the Times Book Club. Besides the three page ‘prefatory letter', here first printed, the volume includes a good number of drawings by Beerbohm, here first collected or first published, as well as caricatures of him by Rothenstein, Sickert, William Nicholson, and the author. The first critical survey of Beerbohm's work, and an interesting and balanced study.

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BEERBOHM (Max). A Defence of Cosmetics. New York, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1922. Sm.post 8vo format, gathered irregularly, stabbed and sewn through; first gathering (one half sheet) printed in dark marina blue and black; pp.[vi]+[30]; light metallic bluish lavender moire sand-grain cloth, lettered, and with short rule gilt, on blind panel on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine a little faded; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

There was no English edition.

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