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.

WAUGH (Alec). Bangkok: The Story of a City. W.H. Allen, 1970. Double demy 8vo; four double-sided plates; final blank; light sky-blue boards lettered gilt down spine; duck egg blue end-papers, printed with genealogy in black. Fine copy in laminate dust-wrapper with one short tear strengthened on verso with ghost tape.



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WAUGH (Alec). The fatal gift. A Novel. W.H. Allen, A division of Howard & Wyndham Ltd, 1973. Double demy 16mo; dull blue boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper.



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WAUGH (Alec). Brief Encounter. A novel Based on Carlo Ponti's film (screenplay by John Bowen) of the famous play by Noel Coward. W.H. Allen A division of Howard & Wyndham Ltd, 1975. Final blank serving as paste-down, the preceding leaf bearing text on recto only; purple boards blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The book of the film of the play!

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WAUGH (Alec). Married to a spy. W.H. allen, London: A Howard & Wyndham Company, 1976. Sm.demy 8vo format, perfect bound; pp.[vi]+250; mottled salmon brown linen textured boards blocked with publisher's device, down- lettered and ruled, gilt, on spine. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.



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WAUGH (Auberon). Who are The violets now? Chapman and Hall, 1965. Final blank; grey boards blocked purple, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Rossetti: His Life and Works. Duckworth, 3 Henrietta Street, 1928. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece, and seven plates; dark cerise buckram; lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded; back corners a little bruised; a little, almost imperceptible, damp-marking of front cover; final leaf and back end-papers lightly dusted; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce title.

Waugh's first regularly published book.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Labels. A Mediterranean Journal. Duckworth, 1930. Frontispiece, double spread inserted map, and two plates; one map on text-paper; final blank; violet buckram lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight general wear to covers; otherwise a very nice copy.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). A bachelor abroad. A Mediterranean Journal. New York, Jonathan Cape & Harrison Smith, 1930. Narrow demy 8vo; frontispiece and three half-tone plates; two maps on text-paper; buttercup yellow rough cloth blocked brown on sides and spine, lettered brown on front cover and spine; top-edges light brown. Nice copy.

Published in England in the same year as ‘Labels'. This American edition differs in content from the English edition in at least some respects.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Black mischief. Chapman and Hall Ltd., London, October, 1932. Sm.cr.8vo; map frontispiece; pp.303+[i (printer's imprint); red buckram marbled all-over in black, lettered gilt on spine. Virtually fine copy. 90.00



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Edmund Campion. Longmans, Green and Co., September 1935. Demy 8vo; integral blank or advertisement leaf excised at end; scarlet buckram, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red, lower-edges uncut. Some patchy fading of spine; inscription on front paste-down; most of front free end-paper cut away; back paste-down marked, and slightly scuffed by removal of label; end-papers and facing leaves a little foxed; otherwise a nice copy. An excellent working copy.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Edmund Campion. Longmans, Green and Co., September 1935. Demy 8vo; two blanks at end; orange-red buckram lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine a little faded, and covers slightly marked; tape-marks on front free end-paper (light on recto, heavy on verso); otherwise a very nice copy.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Waugh in Abyssinia. Longmans, Green and Co., 1936. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+253+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; red ‘Sundour' cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red. Small erasure from front end-paper, and another from title-page, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a very nice copy.

The first binding, later copies having the top-edges plain.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Waugh in Abyssinia. Longmans, Green and Co., 1936. Demy 8vo; final blank; pp.[viii]+253+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; red ‘Sundour' cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

The second binding, earlier copies having the top-edges red.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Scoop. A novel About journalists. Chapman & Hall Ltd., 11 Henrietta Street, 1938. Post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; red buckram marbled in black, lettered gilt on spine. Large erasure from front paste-down, small one from front free end-paper, leaving thinning; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

The first state of text: with the mis-print in the last line on p.88 uncorrected.ec This state of text is sometimes seen with the first issue dust-wrapper, bearing the heading "Daily Beast" on the front panel, more frequently in the second issue dust-wrapper, without that heading.

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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.

WAUGH (Evelyn). Scoop: A novel About journalists. Chapman & Hall Ltd., 11 Henrietta Street, W.C.2, 1938. Advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; red and black marbled buckram lettered gilt on spine. One gathering missed by the binder's knife opened somewhat roughly at lower corners; otherwise a fine copy.

The front paste-down bears a wood-engraved bookplate designed by Robert Gibbings. The second state of the text: with the mis-print in the last line of p.88 corrected. This state is usually seen with the second issue dust-wrapper, without the "Daily Beast" heading on the front panel.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Scoop. A novel About journalists. Chapman & Hall Ltd., 11 Henrietta Street, 1938. Post 8vo; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank at end; red buckram marbled in black, lettered gilt on spine. Extreme lower-edge of boards slightly rubbed; otherwise a fine, bright, copy, with the (repaired) front panel of the dust-wrapper (bearing a photograph of Waugh, and a blurb probably written by him), loosely laid in.

‘Colonial Edition', bearing the publisher's circular rubber stamp to that effect on the verso of the title-page - but not otherwise obviously different from the English issue.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Robbery under law: The Mexican object-lesson. Chapman & Hall Ltd, 11 Henrietta Street, W.C.2, 1939. Final blank; pp.viii+286+[ii]; royal blue buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight fading of cloth at top-edge of back cover; ownership stamp erased from front end-paper leaving some thinning; otherwise a fine copy of a scarce title.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Put out more flags. Chapman & Hall Ltd., 1942. Black and white mixed-weave linen lettered blue on spine; t.e. blue. Very nice.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Edmund Campion. Hollis and Carter, 1947. Double demy 16mo; portrait frontispiece, and four double-sided plates; dark dull blue cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. crimson. Fine copy.

First published in 1935. The present edition includes the first appearance in England of Waugh's ‘Preface to Second Edition', first published in America in 1946.

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[WAUGH (Evelyn).]. Saki (H.H. Munro): The unbearable Bassington. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1947. F'cap 8vo; title-page printed in black and lilac; final blank; dark red cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, and with black panel, on spine; t.e. dark red; end-papers printed with series design in lilac. Fine copy in torn and slightly dusty dust-wrapper.

Issued as No.5 in The Century Library. The novel was originally published in 1912. The present edition includes an Introduction by Evelyn Waugh which is here first published.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Scott-king's Modern Europe. Chapman & Hall, 1947. Frontispiece on text-paper, printed in red, black, and cream; title-page printed in red and black; imprint leaf at end; violet buckram over thin boards, spine blocked and lettered down in gilt; t.e. dark blue. Pinhole in cloth of spine; fore-edges foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Work Suspended And other stories written Before the Second World War. 1948, Chapman & Hall. Double cr.16mo; blue buckram blocked, ruled, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue; end-papers printed with half-tone marbling in blue. Fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

The first edition of this collection, the title-story being here revised.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). The Loved one. An Anglo-American Tragedy. Illustrated by Stuart Boyle. Chapman & Hall, N.D. [1948]. Limitation leaf before half-title; printed throughout in brown and black; green coarse buckram lettered gilt down spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine very slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in very slightly imperfect glassine dust-wrapper.

One of an edition limited to 250 numbered copies printed upon large hand-made paper and signed by the author and artist.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). Love among The ruins: A romance of The near future With decorations by various Eminent hands including The author's. 1953, Chapman & Hall. Half-title and illustrated half-title (frontispiece on verso) precede title-page; imprint leaf followed by blank at end; scarlet buckram blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt down spine; t.e. red. Very slight marking of front cover; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed and marked dust-wrapper.



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[WAUGH (Evelyn).] William Weston: The Autobiography of an Elizabethan. Translated from the Latin by Philip Caraman. With a Foreword by Evelyn Waugh. Longmans, Green and Co, 1955. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece, and three double-sided plates; orange buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; fine copy in dust-wrapper of a decidedly scarce title.

Third issue, the front flap of the dust-wrapper bearing publisher's stickers increasing the original price of l8/- successively to 21/- and 25/-.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). The ordeal Of Gilbert Pinfold: A Conversation Piece. 1957, Chapman & Hall. Double cr.16mo; pp.[viii]+184; dark blue buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. navy blue. Extremely fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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[WAUGH (Evelyn).]. Fireside Fusilier By The Earl of Wicklow. With an Introduction by Evelyn Waugh. Dublin, Clonmore and Reynolds Limited, 1958. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece; three double-sided plates; light greyish fawn cloth, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Very slight marking of end-papers, due apparently to paste action; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy bearing the author's holograph inscription to Mrs. Donough O'Brien on the front end-paper.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). The life of The Right Reverend Ronald Knox Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford And Pronotary Apostolic To His Holiness Pope Pius XII Compiled from the original sources. Chapman & Hall, 1959. Blank before half-title; frontispiece and 7pp. plates; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; green paper slip with text by Evelyn Waugh advertising the Ronald Knox Memorial Prize tipped in before Preface, as issued; blue buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Scratch on front cover; edges, first blank, and half-title foxed; stain on one lower margin; tear in lower margin of one plate; otherwise a nice copy.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). Unconditional Surrender. The Conclusion of Men at Arms And Officers and gentlemen. 1961, Chapman & Hall, London. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.[viii]+311+[i (blank)]; dark blue buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). A little learning: The First volume of An autobiography. Chapman & Hall, 1964. Frontispiece, and six double-sided plates; greyish lavender cloth ruled and lettered silver on spine; t.e. salmon. Fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Signed by the author on the title-page. Signed copies of Waugh's books, particularly the late ones, are uncommon.

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WAUGH (Evelyn). A little learning: The First volume of An autobiography. Chapman & Hall, 1964. Frontispiece, and six double-sided plates; greyish lavender cloth ruled and lettered silver on spine; t.e. salmon. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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WAUGH (Evelyn). The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh. Edited by Michael Davie. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976. Double lge.med.16mo; three blanks at end; pp.[xii]+814+[vi]; teak brown cloth, flat spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; red and yellow headband; mustard end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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WEBB (Mrs. Mary, nee Meredith). The House in Dormer Forest. Hutchinson & Co., N.D. [1920]. Green linen grain cloth ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised to green; cloth of spine slightly creased; otherwise a very nice copy.

Signed by the author on the front end-paper.

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WEBB (Mrs. Mary, nee Meredith). Seven for a secret: A love story. Hutchinson & Co., 1922. Imprint leaf at end, followed by 40pp. publisher's catalogue for Autumn 1922; pale green cloth ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed; cream tinted end-papers. Virtually fine copy.



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WEBB (Mary). The essential Mary Webb. Selected with an Introduction by Martin Armstrong. Illustrated from drawings by Norman Hepple And Rowland Hilder. Jonathan Cape, 1949. Lge.cr.8vo; frontispiece and three plates in colour; numerous illustrations on text-paper in black and white; rust-red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e cerise. Covers slightly faded at edges; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper strengthened on verso.



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WEBB (Mary). The prize. The Tern Press, [on colophon:] Market Drayton, 1985. Cr.8vo format, gathered in sixes; blank before half-title; half-title printed in black and silver, frontispiece and conjugate title-page printed in green and black; numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text; colophon leaf followed by blank at end; pp.[44], unpaginated; quarter light brown rough cloth, art-marbled boards, cream label on front cover printed with wood-engraved illustration in black, cream label on spine, down-lettered in light brown; fore- and lower- edges uncut; iron-grey end-papers. Fine copy.

Set in 14pt Jenson on Zercall Paper, designed, illustrated printed and bound by Mary and Nicholas Parry. One of 76 Standard copies of a total edition of 100, numbered and signed by Nicholas Parry.

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WEIL (Simone). Waiting on God. Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd, Broadway House, Carter Lane, 1951. Final blank; grey-fawn cloth lettered on spine gilt and gilt up blue-outlined-gilt panel; t.e. blue, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

First edition in English. Translated by Emma Craufurd. The French edition appeared in 1950.

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WEISS (Peter). The conversation Of the three walkers And The shadow of the Coachman's body. Translated by S.M. Cupitt. Calder and Boyars, 1972. Double cr.16mo; grey boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First published in Germany in 1960 and 1963. By the author of Marat/Sade.

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WEISS (Theodore). The breath Of Clowns and kings: Shakespeare's Early Comedies And Histories. 1971, Chatto & Windus, London. Double demy 16mo; two blanks at end, serving as paste-downs; pp.[viii]+339+[v]; bright light greenish blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Weiss, best known as a poet, was at this time Professor of Creative Arts at Princeton University.

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WELCH (Denton). A Voice Through a Cloud. John Lehmann, 1950. Double cr.16mo; decorations by the author, on text-paper; red cloth, blocked and lettered gilt, panelled black, on spine; end-papers printed with decoration by the author in lilac. Crease in cloth of front cover, due to an original binding fault; slight foxing of edges; otherwise a nice copy.



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WELCH (Denton). The Denton Welch Journals. Edited And with an Introduction by Jocelyn Brooke. Hamish Hamilton, 1952. Lge.post 8vo; portrait frontispiece; final blank; lake ‘Sundour' cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered silver on spine. Silver badly rubbed on spine, and small frayed spot at tail of front joint; internally a fine copy.



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WELCH (Denton). Words Broadsheet nine. Words Press, no place, 1974. One half sheet, lge.post 8vo, folded in four leaves, uncut, unsewn, printed on one side only, on buff paper. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 100 numbered copies.

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WELCH (Denton). Words Broadsheet nine. Words Press, no place, 1974. One half sheet, lge.post 8vo, folded in four leaves, uncut, unsewn, printed on one side only, on buff paper. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 100 numbered copies, this copy being signed by Jean Louis Chevalier.

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WELCH (Denton). Words Broadsheet eleven [twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen]. Words Press, East Manor, Bramley, Surrey, 1975. Each one half sheet, lge.post 8vo, folded in four leaves, uncut, unsewn, printed on one side of the paper only (in various monochromes). A fine set. The six broadsheets.

Each broadsheet is one of an edition limited to 150 numbered copies. The Denton Welch Special Numbers, nos.I-V (all issued), together with ‘The Afterword' by Jean Louis Chevalier.

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WELLS (H.G.). Mankind in the Making. London: Chapman & Hall, Ld., 1903. Blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[2]+[x]+429+[iii]; blue rough buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough-trimmed. Spine slightly faded; front end-papers with neatly tissued repair; otherwise a very nice copy of a difficult title.

The probable second issue, some copies having the fore-edges uncut and the lower-edges rough trimmed.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Misery of Boots. Reprinted with Alterations from the Indepen-Dent Review, December 1905. The Fabian Society, 3 Clement's Inn, Strand, W.C., 1907. F'cap 8vo; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; drab wrappers, glazed white label printed in black and cerise on front wrapper; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Near fine copy.

The first issue. G.H. Wells 32.

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WELLS (H.G.). Socialism and The family. London: A.C. Fifield, 44, Fleet Street, E.C [sic] 1906. Two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.60+[iv]; crimson wrappers, cut flush, printed outside and inside in black; issued without end-papers. Small piece chipped from paper at tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.



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WELLS (H.G.). New worlds For old. Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd., 1908. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; red cloth, blocked, and embossed, gilt on blind panel, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine faded and very slightly worn at extreme head and tail, covers very slightly darkened at edges; otherwise a fine copy.



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WELLS (H.G.). First & Last Things: A Confession of Faith And Rule of Life. Archibald Constable & Co. Ltd., 1908. Integral advertisement leaf at end; blue cloth ruled and lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine, back cover ruled blind; a.e. uncut. Spine a little darkened, and slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

Not in Currey.

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WELLS (H.G.). Ann Veronica: A modern love story. T. Fisher Unwin, 1909. Reddish brown cloth ruled blind, blocked gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

Currey, p.516.

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WELLS (H.G.). The History of Mr. Polly. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1910. Half-title not called for; coloured frontispiece; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; coarse weave grain green cloth lettered and ruled gilt on spine and with white enamelled panel; white end-papers printed in green. Enamel and lettering badly chipped, as usual, otherwise a fine copy.

Currey, p.519. A volume in Nelson's 2/- Series of New Novels.

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WELLS (H.G.). The new Machiavelli. John Lane The Bodley Head, Vigo Street, 1911. Half-title, title-page, Contents leaf, fly-title, and fly-title to first book precede start of text; fly-titles to each of the four books, included in the pagination; 10pp. integral advertisements at end (signed 2 M), the first leaf being a single inset, followed by 4pp. inserted advertisements printed in black and red, and 16pp. publisher's inserted catalogue, not listing this title; light red smooth cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered white on front cover, ruled and blocked white, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. light red. Slight fading of back cover; slight foxing of fore-edges; otherwise a fine copy of one of the less common titles, and one rarely seen in such truly acceptable condition.

First English edition.

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WELLS (H.G.). Floor Games. With marginal drawings by J.R. Sinclair. Frank Palmer, December, 1911. Frontispiece and seven plates; the text throughout printed in black and blue; blue rough buckram, lettered khaki on spine and front cover; coloured picture laid-on in recessed panel on front cover. Covers rubbed a little at head and tail of spine; frontispiece frayed in fore-margin, not affecting illustration; otherwise a very nice copy.

G.H. Wells, 42.

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[WELLS (H.G.).]. Shop slavery And Emancipation: A revolutionary appeal to the educated Young men of the middle class By William Paine. With an intro- duction By H.G. Wells. P.S. King and Son, Orchard House, Westminster, S.W., 1912. Pp.[xvi]+125+3 (integral advertisements); grey wrappers, cut flush, printed very dark green on front cover and up spine; issued without end-papers. Slight foxing of prelims., last leaf, and edges; otherwise a very nice copy. Rare.



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WELLS (H.G.). [Cover title:] The labour Unrest. Price one penny. Reprinted from "The Daily Mail", [on back wrapper:] Associated Newspapers, Ltd., N.D. [1912]. One gathering double narrow lge.post 16mo, wire-stitched as a single gathering into buff (?or white, but uniformly embrowned) wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, with title as given above and portrait of Wells on front wrapper, with publisher's advertisements on inside and back wrappers. Wrappers slightly scuffed and fragile towards spine, and small piece chipped from top corner of back wrapper; some light embrowning of text; otherwise a near-fine copy. Rare.

Articles contributed to "The Daily Mail" between May 13 and 20, 1912, reprinted from the standing type, roughly divided into pages, and supplied with headlines and page numbers. Printed on ‘newsprint'.

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WELLS (H.G.). Marriage. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1912. 8pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed olive green cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Nice copy.

Currey, p.521

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WELLS (H.G.). Little wars. A game for boys From twelve years of age to one hundred and fifty And for that more intelligent sort of girls who Like boys' games and books With an appendix on kriegspiel By H.G. Wells The author of "Floor Games" And several minor and inferior works. With marginal drawings by J.R. Sinclair. Frank Palmer, Red Lion Court, July 1913. Double f'cap 8vo; printed throughout in reddish brown and black; eight double-sided plates, and numerous illustrations on text-paper; deep reddish pink linen-grain cloth, lettered cream on front cover and down spine, full colour paper onlay on front cover. Spine lettering darkened, and covers generally a little worn and used; a good copy only.

Review copy, bearing the publisher's Presentation rubber stamp on the half-title page. A good deal scarcer than the earlier volume, ‘Floor Games'.

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WELLS (H.G.). The passionate Friends. A novel. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1913. 4pp. integral advertisements at end, followed by 8pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated Autumn 1913; vertically ribbed green cloth blocked blind, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; t.e. plain. Covers dull; neat inscription dated ‘Xmas 1913' on front end-paper; some neat pencil scoring and notes, and one or two small marks; last gathering bound in twice; a good copy.

First edition, second issue, this version of the Autumn 1913 catalogue listing the present title with reviews.

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WELLS (H.G.). The passionate Friends. A novel. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1914. 8pp. inserted publisher's catalogue, undated, at end; vertically ribbed green cloth blocked blind, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; t.e.g. Small hole in cloth at top of back joint; small mark on front end-papers; slight offsetting from inscription on title-page (v. note); otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed inscription on the title-page. The bibliography of this title presents something of a problem. The volume was issued in 1913, and seems to have been reprinted at least once before the end of that year without any indication of the fact being given. Currey, p.522, records the first edition as having "12 pages of publisher's advertisements inserted at rear. Ads. are paged 1-4, 1-[8] with page one of the second set dated Autumn 1913." This collation would agree with the present copy, the final gathering, 2A, consisting of two leaves only, conjugate, and bearing text. We suspect, however, that Currey has given a misleading collation, since no copy that we have seen has had 4pp. inserted undated advertisements before the 8pp. catalogue. The 8pp. inserted catalogue in the present copy is undated, but clearly belongs to 1914 since it advertises the (as yet unreviewed) 1914 Wells title ‘The World Set Free'. We have also seen, however, a copy of ‘The Passionate Friends' dated 1913 (and inscribed "Xmas 1913" on front end-paper) in which gathering A2 consists of four leaves, the first two carrying the conclusion of the text, and the last two advertisements, paged, as with the Currey copy, 1-4. There follows an inserted catalogue, as noted by Currey, dated Autumn 1913. This copy is further distinguished from that being at present offered by having the top-edges plain, by being on taller paper (194mm as against 192m), and by having, oddly enough, a shorter case (196.5mm as against 200mm). None of these copies belong to the first issue, since this Autumn 1913 catalogue contains, on an inner leaf, an advertisement for ‘The Passionate Friends' which includes reviews. A further copy examined by ourselves had gathering A2 with four leaves, the first two carrying the conclusion of the text, and the last two advertisements, paged, again as with the Currey copy, 1-4, and followed by a different inserted 8pp. catalogue, also dated Autumn 1913. In this copy the catalogue began on p.1 with an advertisement for ‘The Passionate Friends' that did not include reviews, and this was presumably the catalogue seen by Currey. The present copy, in which gathering 2A consists of two leaves only, and which is without the following 4pp. undated advertisements present in all other copies seen by us, as well as in that described by Currey, has a cancel title-page dated on the recto 1914 and bearing on the verso the legend "First Edition, 1913/Reprinted, 1914". It appears that we have evidence therefore for two distinct printings of the volume, both occurring in 1913, or at least being probably so dated, and, assuming Currey's collation to have been inaccurate, it appears probable that at least two issues of each impression should exist, the first having gathering 2A with four leaves, this being followed by the earlier Autumn 1913 catalogue; the second being as the first, but with the later Autumn 1913 catalogue; the third, which at the moment we may merely hypothesise, having an integral 1913 title-page, but gathering 2A with two leaves only, this being followed by either the later Autumn 1913 catalogue, or, more probably, the undated catalogue advertising ‘The World Set Free'; the fourth and final issue having a cancel title-page dated 1914, gathering 2A with two leaves only and an 8pp. undated catalogue advertising ‘The World Set Free'. The present copy belongs to this last issue. Should Currey's collation not be at fault, however, we should have to assume the possibility of at least seven issues, the two printings having in that case evidently been simultaneous.

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WELLS (H.G.). An Englishman Looks At the World: Being a Series of Unrestrained Remarks Upon Contemporary Matters. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1914. Lge.post 8vo; final blank; green linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Covers damp-spotted at edges; prelims. and final blank foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



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WELLS (H.G.). The wife of Sir Isaac Harman. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1914. Blank before half-title; 2pp. integral and 8pp. inserted advertisements at end; vertically ribbed green cloth blocked blind, lettered gilt on spine and front cover. Some light (and removable) pencil scoring throughout, otherwise a very nice copy.

Currey, p.527. Currey erroneously describes the inserted advertisements as integral; the numbering makes clear that they are not, at least in this copy.

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WELLS (H.G.). Bealby: A holiday. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915. 4pp. publisher's inserted advertisements dated Spring, 1915, followed by 32pp. inserted publisher's catalogue dated 8/5/15, at end; violet linen grain cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed, lower-edges uncut. One corner of front cover slightly faded and small bruise at tail-edge of front board; inscription removed from front end-paper, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a fine copy of one of the more difficult Wells titles.

Currey, p.516, issue B. Currey implies that the first two leaves of advertisements are integral. They are not. The cloth of this issue is very light sensitive: from the fading on the front cover of this copy, we suspect it of having quite recently lost a (torn) dust-wrapper.

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[WELLS (H.G.).]. Boon, The Mind of the Race, The Wild Asses of the Devil, and The Last Trump Being a First Selection from the Literary Remains of George Boon, Appropriate to the Times Prepared for Publication by Reginald Bliss Author of "The Cousins of Charlotte Bronte," "A Child's History of the Crystal Palace," "Firelight Rambles," "Edible Fungi," "Whales in Captivity," And other works With An Ambiguous Introduction by H.G. Wells. T. Fisher Unwin, Ltd., 1915. Imprint leaf at end; vertical-rib-effect green cloth blocked gilt on front cover and spine, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough-trimmed. Sides lightly damp-marked, otherwise very nice.

"Bliss is Bliss and Wells is Wells. And Bliss can write all sorts of things that Wells could not do." - Well's Introduction. An amusing anti-novel structured largely about the description of an unwritten up-dating of Mallock's ‘New Republic' by the mythical Boon, as told by the equally mythical Bliss, and including delightful parodies of George Moore and Henry James. James did not see the joke however: the book led to an acrimonious correspondence, and eventually to the breaking off of relations between the two writers.

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WELLS (H.G.). The research Magnificent. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1915. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically fine ribbed yellow-green cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; prelims uncut at top-edges, leaves otherwise fully trimmed. Poor quality gilt dulled somewhat on spine; otherwise a brilliantly fine, unopened, copy in slightly chipped and frayed dust-wrapper with small clear tape stains at lower edge. Rare thus.

Currey, p.522, recording the volume only as having an inserted 8pp. publisher's catalogue at end, dated 15.8.15., not here present. A sticker at the tail of the dust-wrapper spine in the present copy, reading ‘6/- / NET.', is without significance, since this was the original published price: it obscures the very small printed words ‘Six Shillings'.

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WELLS (H.G.). What is Coming? A Forecast of Things after the War. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1916. Blank before half-title; 4pp. prelims. and 4pp. at end printed on thick paper; dark green linen-grain cloth ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Inscription on front end-paper; slight embrowning of poor quality body-text paper; otherwise a fine copy of a difficult title.



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WELLS (H.G.). Mr. Britling Sees It Through. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1916. Blank before half-title; one page facsimile on text-paper included in the pagination; final blank; pp.[viii]+433+[(i printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dark green beaded linen-grain cloth ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Gilt slightly dull; first and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy in slightly damp-stained dust-wrapper.

A scarce title, especially in the dust-wrapper. Currey, p.521.

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WELLS (H.G.). Mr. Britling Sees It Through. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1916. Blank before half-title; one page facsimile on text-paper included in the pagination; final blank; pp.[viii]+433+[(i printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dark green beaded linen-grain cloth ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Gilt dull on spine, as almost always; slight cracking of front end-paper; neat ownership inscription dated ‘October 1916' on front blank; otherwise a nice copy.

A scarce title. Currey, p.521.

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WELLS (H.G.). God The invisible king. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1917. Sq.lge.post 8vo; final blank; bluish-purple fine linen grain cloth ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight fading of spine, and covers a little damp-spotted, otherwise a very nice copy.

Not in Currey.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Soul of a Bishop. A Novel (with Just a Little Love in It) About Conscience and Religion And The Real Troubles of Life. Cassell and Company, Ltd., September 1917. Green linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a very nice copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper, strengthened on verso.



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WELLS (H.G.). The Soul of a Bishop. A Novel (with Just a Little Love in It) About Conscience and Religion And The Real Troubles of Life. Cassell and Company, Ltd., September 1917. Green linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Gilt dull on spine; otherwise in general a nice copy.



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WELLS (H.G.). Joan and Peter: The Story of an Education. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1918. Double cr.16mo; green linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Cloth a trifle worn at head and tail of spine and over back joint; end-papers embrowned, and slightly fragile; otherwise a nice copy.



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WELLS (H.G.). Russia in the Shadows. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, N.D. [1920]. Post 8vo; half-tone frontispiece, and nine plates; final blank; scarlet fine linen grain cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Large corner torn from front end-paper; some unsightly foxing; otherwise in general a nice copy of one of the less common titles.

There is no list of plates, but they are bound in at pp. 24, 40, 48, 60, 64, 72, 73, 120, and 136.

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WELLS (H.G.). The salvaging Of civilization. Cassell and Company, Limited, 1921. Lge.post 8vo; yellow-green linen-grain cloth, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. A nice copy.



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WELLS (H.G.). The Secret Places Of the Heart. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1922. Blank before half-title; dark green unglazed linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight fading of spine; back free end-paper lacking; otherwise very nice.

Currey, p.522 records three issues of the book, the third being in pale green cloth, with the front cover unlettered, and with a cancel title-page. The first two issues he describes as being in dark green cloth, with the title-page integral, and distinguished by the size of the spine imprint and the arrangement of the lettering on the front cover. In his first issue, the front cover is titled, as in the present copy, in two lines: THE SECRET PLACES/OF THE HEART; the spine imprint is said to measure 33mm across. In the present copy, as in all copies that we have seen with this arrangement of lettering on the front cover, the spine imprint measures 36mm across. The pages bulk 31mm scant. Currey's second issue is described as being titled on the front cover in four lines: THE/SECRET/PLACES/OF THE/HEART; whilst the spine imprint measures 25mm across. We have never seen a copy of the book either with this arrangement of the lettering, or with this size of the spine imprint. We have, however, seen copies of an issue not described by Currey, in which the lettering on the front cover is arranged in three lines, as follows: THE/SECRET PLACES/OF THE HEART; and in these the spine imprint measures 28mm across, whilst the pages bulk 29mm scant.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Secret Places Of the Heart. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1922. Blank before half-title; dark green glazed linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; lower-edges uncut. A fine copy in chipped and frayed dust- wrapper.

The second (or possibly Colonial) issue.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Secret Places Of the Heart. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1922. Blank before half-title; dark green glazed linen-grain cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and ruled blind, lettered gilt, on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight fading of spine; some scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy.

The second (or possibly Colonial) issue.

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WELLS (H.G.). Washington And the hope of peace By H.G. Wells. In an appendix are given ver-Batim reports of the Speeches of Mr. Hughes and M. Briand. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Melbourne Auckland. [On verso of half-title:] Copyright, 1922. Blank before half-title; page bearing imprint followed by 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+viii+272+[i]+[5]; scarlet cloth textured boards, ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine. Corner of back board pressure cracked, and some wear to extreme head and tail of spine; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly darkened on spine.

A scarce title, especially in dust-wrapper. The dust-wrapper, bronze printed in red and black, reads on the front panel: "Mr Wells's articles on the great Conference have aroused the widest interest and inspired the bitterest controversy. They represent his finest contribution to modern political thought. In this volume they can be read entirely unexpurgated for the first time in this country. They have been supplemented and revised by Mr Wells since they first appeared." The articles here first collected appeared originally in ‘The New York World', the ‘Chicago Tribune', and a variety of other American and European papers. In its rather delicate scarlet boards, this volume looks like a cheap issue: it is a surprise to find the dust-wrapper bearing the price ‘6/- net'!

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WELLS (H.G.). Christina Alberta's Father. Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1925. Double cr.16mo; blank and advertisement leaf precede half-title; two blanks at end; cerise buckram blocked with publisher's initials device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark red, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Cloth faded on spine and parts of sides; otherwise a very nice copy.

Hubin, p.517

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WELLS (H.G.). The world of William Clissold. A Novel at a New Angle. London, Ernest Benn Ltd., Bouverie House, Fleet Street, 1926. 3 Vols. Four leaves of author's note precede half-title page in volume one, the verso of the last bearing advertisements; integral advertisement leaf at end of same volume; pp.[245]+[i (blank)]+[ii (verso blank)]; [247]-[601]+[i (blank)]; [603]-[885]+[i (blank)]; brown buckram lettered gilt on spine. A near-fine set, volumes two and three being in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrappers.

The trade edition of the last - and somewhat belated! - three decker. Currey, p.527, issue (B), noting no variants. This is in fact the second issue, earlier copies having the top-edges stained brown.

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WELLS (H.G.). Democracy Under revision. A lecture delivered at the Sorbonne On March 15th, 1927. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1927. Blank before half-title; quarter grey buckram, paper spine label printed in purple, sky-blue boards. Boards slightly faded towards top edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Woolmer, 151. 3,200 copieswere printed.

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WELLS (H.G.). The way The world is going: Guesses & forecasts of The years ahead. 26 articles & A lecture. Ernest Benn Limited, 1928. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.[xii]+301+[iii]; brown buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy.



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[WELLS (H.G.).] The book of Catherine Wells With an introduction by Her husband H.G. Wells. 1928, Chatto and Windus. Frontispiece tipped on to captioned verso of half-title page, and three other illustrations similarly tipped in; final blank; rough caramel brown cloth, ruled blind on sides, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. brown; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in embrowned dust-wrapper.



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WELLS (H.G.). Imperialism And the Open conspiracy. Faber & Faber, 1929. Cr.8vo format, 24pp., sewn as a single gathering; lemon rough cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very slight dusting of covers, but a near-fine copy.

Issued as No.4 of the ‘Criterion Miscellany' series. The more expensive large paper issue (measuring 7 11/16" x 5 1/16"), and in cloth. Printed at the Chiswick Press.

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WELLS (H.G.). Imperialism And the Open conspiracy. Faber & Faber, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo format, 24pp., sewn as a single gathering; large lemon self-wrappers printed in black, folded at fore-edges over plain white card wrappers; fore-edges uncut. Very slight dusting of wrappers, but a near-fine copy.

Issued as No.4 of the ‘Criterion Miscellany' series. The small paper issue (measuring 7 1/4" x 5 1/16"), and in wrappers. Printed at the Chiswick Press.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Adventures of Tommy. George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1929. Lge.post 4to; final blank; printed throughout in full colour with a facsimile of the author's ms. and illustrations facing the printed text; quarter diagonally fine ribbed brown cloth, yellow boards, lettered and with design by the author in black on front board. Boards worn at corners, and slightly marked and rubbed, but a nice copy otherwise of a difficult title.

Currey, p.516; Watkins 75. First hardcover and first trade edition.

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WELLS (H.G.). The common sense Of World peace. An address delivered in the Reichstag At Berlin, on Monday, April 15th, 1929. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, 1929. Quarter light grey cloth, paper spine label printed in blue, lilac boards. Boards very slightly faded near top edges, otherwise a fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

Woolmer 211.

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WELLS (H.G.). The autocracy Of Mr. Parham: His remarkable Adventures in this Changing world. By H.G. Wells Assisted pictorially By David Low. William Heinemann Ltd, 1930. Blank before half-title; ten double-page plates; final blank; pp.[xii]+370+[ii]; dull red rough-effect buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Edges foxed; light foxing of prelims. and one or two other leaves passim; otherwise a fine copy in Low dust-wrapper with several chips not touching printed areas.



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WELLS (H.G.). The Bulpington of Blup. Adventures, poses, stresses, Conflicts, and disaster In a contemporary brain. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), Ltd., N.D. [1933]. Publisher's 40pp. catalogue at end, dated January 1933; black buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed pictorially in blue. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in a minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Currey, p.517, variant A2. Variant A1 is without the catalogue, but otherwise similar; it is recorded by Currey only from the British Library copy, which was received on January 12th, 1933. We speculate that it was an advance copy, bound up before the catalogue was ready. Currey erroneously dates the volume [1932]; the catalogue announces it for 1933: it was published in January.

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WELLS (H.G.). Things to come. H.G. Wells. A film story based on The material contained In his history of the Future "The Shape of Things to come". London, The Cresset Press, 11 Fitzroy Square, W.1, 1935. Imp.8vo; leaf bearing credit on verso precedes half-title; blank at end; pp.142+[ii]; dull blue cloth, panelled black, ruled and lettered gilt, on front cover and spine; fore-edges mainly trimmed. First two leaves of prelims. and some fore-edges slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in torn and rather chipped dust-wrapper preserved in a paper backed loose clear plastic chemise.

Finely printed at The Shenval Press. The dust-wrapper was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer. From the library of Desmond Flower, but without signs of ownership. Currey, p.524.

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WELLS (H.G.). The new America: The new world. The Cresset Press, Eleven Fitzroy Square, June 1935. Blue cloth, ruled and lettered gilt, panelled black, on front cover, lettered gilt on and up spine. Gilt dull on spine; inscriptions on front endpaper; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper darkened on spine.



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WELLS (H.G.). The idea of a World encyclopaedia: A Lecture Delivered at the Royal Institution, November 20th, 1936. Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, 52 Tavistock Square, 1936. Post 8vo; pp.32; sea-green card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper and up spine in black; issued without end-papers. Wrappers faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Woolmer, 400. Issued as No.35 in the series Day to Day Pamphlets.

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WELLS (H.G.). Brynhild. 1937, Methuen and Company Limited. Blank before half-title; leaf at end bearing printer's imprint on verso; pp.[2]+[x]+274+[ii]; mottled light red-brown cloth, blocked and lettered cream on spine. Very fine copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper internally re-inforced with white paper.

Currey, p.516.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Brothers: A story. 1938, Chatto & Windus. Final blank; pp.[viii]+[141]+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dull light brown fine buckram, blocked and lettered gilt, panelled dull greenish blue, patterned dull light brown through dull greenish blue, on spine; t.e. dull light blue, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in frayed and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, with her characteristic pencilled initials on the front end-paper. Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto and Windus, and books bearing her initials are usually pre-production copies, sometimes differing in some respects from the published volume. In the present instance, the dust-wrapper varies slightly from that of the published book, being untrimmed at the flaps - the front flap here measuring 116mm in width, as against 90mm in the published volume, the back flap 115mm, as against 98mm, whilst on the spine of the book the base of the imprint here falls 12mm from the extreme tail, as against 10mm in other copies we have seen, whilst the highest gilt blocking at the top comes 11mm from the extreme head, as against 10mm. The prelims. in this copy are printed on a slightly thicker paper than the text, possibly as always. We have not checked for textual differences. A difficult later title, especially so with the striking Harold Jones dust-wrapper. Currey, p.516, noting no variants.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Brothers: A story. 1938, Chatto & Windus. Final blank; pp.[viii]+[141]+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; dull light brown fine buckram, blocked and lettered gilt, panelled dull greenish blue, patterned dull light brown through dull greenish blue, on spine; t.e. dull light blue, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with one small chip on back panel.

The publisher's file copy, with their small sticker to this effect on both the spine and the spine of the dust-wrapper. By way of a publisher's note, the price ‘3s. 6d. net' on the inside front flap of the dust-wrapper has here been obscured by a small white label reducing the price to ‘2/- / NET', exemplifying the second issue. The front flap of the dust-wrapper is here approximately 98mm wide, the back flap 90mm. The prelims. in this copy are printed on a slightly thicker paper than the text, possibly as always. The base of the spine imprint here falls 10mm from the extreme tail, the highest gilt blocking at the top 10mm from the extreme head. A difficult later title, especially so with the striking Harold Jones dust-wrapper. Currey, p.516, noting no variants.

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WELLS (H.G.). The Brothers: A story. 1938, Chatto & Windus. Final blank; dull light brown fine buckram, blocked and lettered gilt, panelled dull greenish blue, patterned dull light brown through dull greenish blue, on spine; t.e. dull light blue, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper reinforced on verso, and with one small chip.

A difficult later title, especially so with the striking dust-wrapper.

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