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.

BEERBOHM (Max). A peep into the past. Privately Printed, No Place, [New York,] 1923. Imp.8vo format, gathered as folio, 32pp, printed on one side of the paper only; two leaves printed with illustrations by Beerbohm in black and pink, these with tissue guards printed with pattern in white; quarter mid-brown diagonally fine ribbed cloth, pale rich brown boards, spine label printed up in black, label on front cover printed with lettering and illustration by Beerbohm in black and pink; Japon vellum end-papers. Front end-papers very slightly rubbed, but a virtually fine copy in neatly repaired original slip-case.

One of an edition limited to only 300 copies. Printed throughout on Japon vellum. Issued in a glassine dust-wrapper not here present. The only edition of this title, the volume consists of a reproduction of Beerbohm's quite heavily corrected ms., together with a fair copy transcription of it into type. The essay, a fanciful depiction of an aged Oscar Wilde in settled and obscure domesticity, was written for the first number of the Yellow Book, but held over in favour of the ‘Defence of Cosmetics'. It is here first published. In this copy three literals have been corrected in pencil in the margins.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Things New and old. 1923, William Heinemann Ltd. Demy 4to; frontispiece in colours, other illustrations in black and white; printed throughout on one side of the paper only, on art paper; each illustration with printed thin-paper guard; rich brown fine buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. T.e. slightly foxed; one guard, and back free end-paper, creased; otherwise a nice copy in a frayed, slightly torn, and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

In this copy the advertisement on the verso of the half-title has a broken ‘E' in ‘ZULEIKA'.

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BEERBOHM (Max). The Dreadful dragon Of Hay Hill. 1928, William Heinemann Ltd. Med.8vo; frontispiece by the author, printed in colours; postscript leaf followed by blank at end; quarter scarlet fine buckram, lettered gilt on spine, pale grey boards. Boards darkened irregularly; edges and prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy in embrowned and slightly rubbed and frayed dust-wrapper.

In a literary sense, perhaps the oddest product of the First World War!

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BEERBOHM (Max). A variety of Things. New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1928. Lge.post 8vo; blank, and limitation leaf precede half-title; title-page printed in black and brown; leaf bearing ‘A check list of the first editions Of the writings of Max Beerbohm', followed by two blanks at end; black buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, embossed blind with publisher's ‘Borzoi Books' device on back cover; t.e. yellow, fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. A nice copy.

One of an edition limited to 2,000 numbered copies. The first American edition of a book published in England in the same year, and including a four page Note not in the English edition.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Heroes and heroines Of Bitter sweet. No place, no publisher, no date [Leadlay, 1931]. Lge.post folio, unsewn, consisting of two single leaves of grey paper printed with title and Contents in blue, and six folio folders, of grey paper, printed on p.[1] with captions in blue, containing a facsimile note by Beerbohm, and five coloured cartoons, tipped on in each case to the recto of the second leaf; enclosed in a portfolio, quarter parchment, grey board sides and folding paper flaps, lettered gilt on front board; white paper label printed with limitation notice in black on inside front board. Portfolio a trifle rubbed and dusty, grey paper throughout very slightly embrowned; but a nice copy, nonetheless, of an uncommon title.

One of an edition limited to 900 numbered copies.

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[BEERBOHM (Max).]. Seventy years Of song. Edited by J.B. Booth. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., London: New York: Melbourne, N.D. [1942]. Sm.cr.8vo; half-title not called for; 6pp. commercial and trade advertisements before title leaf with commercial advertisements on verso, all on chalk-surfaced paper; 8pp. commercial and trade advertisements, on chalk-surfaced paper, at end; pp.80 (text-paper only); four double-sided half-tone plates (one after Max Beerbohm); one illustration in text; white paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the back and inside wrappers bearing commercial advertisements. Wrappers dusty and just a trifle crerased at corners; otherwise a fine copy.

Scarce. Besides his illustration, includes a Foreword by Max Beerbohm, and articles by Noel Coward, Charles B. Cochran, J.B. Booth, James Agate, W. Macqueen-Pope, etc. all on music and the musical theatre. Published in aid of TOC H. Dated from Beerbohm's statement that he was seventy, and also from an advertisement.

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BEERBOHM (Max). The poet's corner. With an Introduction by John Rothenstein, Director of the Tate Gallery. The King Penguin Books, 1943. Portrait frontispiece by Sir William Rothenstein; four black and white illustrations and twenty-four coloured plates by Beerbohm; white boards printed in fawn, black, and red. Very nice copy.

First edition thus. Includes notes by Beerbohm here first published, four plates from ‘Rossetti and His Circle', three drawings reprinted from ‘Pick-me-up' and a self-portrait, as well as the title work complete.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Lytton Strachey. The Rede lecture 1943. Cambridge, At the University Press, 1943. Sm.cr.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[ii]+[27]+[iii]; mulberry self-wrappers, cut flush at top and bottom, printed black on front. Front blank foxed, half-title and edges very slightly so; neat pencilled signature and date (‘25.8.43') on upper margin of title page; otherwise a fine copy.



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BEERBOHM (Max). Lytton Strachey. The Rede lecture 1943. Cambridge, At the University Press, 1943. Sm.cr.16mo in half sheets; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[ii]+[27]+[iii]; mulberry self-wrappers, cut flush at top and bottom, printed black on front panel and flap. Paper of spine faded and slightly worn at head; faint vertical crease, as often; otherwise a fine copy.

A Strachey family copy, inscribed on the front end-paper to ‘Dick / With love from / Pippa + Pernel'.

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BEERBOHM (Sir Max). Catalogue of The Philip Guedalla collection Of caricatures by Sir Max Beerbohm. Ernest Brown & Phillips, Ltd., (Directors: Cecil I. Phillips, Oliver F. Brown, Patrick L. Phillips), The Leicester Galleries Leicester Square, London, September - October, 1945. Exhibition No.817. Med.16mo format, wire-stitched; half-title not called for; pp.24; four double-sided half-tone plates, on plate paper, bound in in conjugate pairs; lime-green thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside and back wrappers bearing publisher's advertisements; issued without end-papers. Two short tears in wrappers neatly restored (without tissue); otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

The text and plates are entirely by Beerbohm. Includes an introductory Note, one page, written especially for this catalogue.

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[BEERBOHM (Sir Max).]. The devil in Woodford Wells: A Fantastic Novel By Harold Hobson. Longmans, Green and Co., 1946. Post 8vo; orange cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt across and up spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Novel resuscitating Beerbohm's Enoch Soames.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Zuleika Dobson: Or an Oxford love story. William Heinemann Ltd, 1947. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; frontispiece portrait by Beerbohm printed in full colour; royal blue cloth, lettered gilt on spine. A little light marking of covers, but a nice copy.

The first edition to include Beerbohm's frontispiece. A brief introductory note by Beerbohm, dated 1946, is also here first published.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Sherlockiana: A reminiscence of Sherlock Holmes. Tempe, [Arizona], Edwin B. Hill, 1948. 4pp., post 8vo, on very pale coffee tinted paper; uncut fore-edges. Very faint rust mark from a paperclip on title-page; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

One of a total edition limited to thirty-six copies printed for Vincent Starrett and Edwin B. Hill on Mr. Hill's private press at Tempe in June 1948. The piece was originally published in the ‘Saturday Review' on 6th May, 1905. P.[4] includes a note by Starrett here first printed. Gallatin, 37; De Waal, 5822.

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BEERBOHM (Max). A christmas Garland Woven by Max Beerbohm. William Heinemann Ltd, 1950. Lge.cr.8vo; blank before half-title; scarlet ‘Sundour' cloth, lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Fine copy in dust-wrapper darkened on spine.

First expanded edition of a book originally published in 1912. This edition adds one further parody, and a new author's Postscript.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Seven men And two others. William Heinemann Ltd, 1950. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; light blue-green ‘Sundour' cloth, lettered gilt on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Very light foxing of edges and end-papers; otherwise a nice copy in nicked dust-wrapper.

First expanded edition of a book originally published in 1919.

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BEERBOHM (Max). Mainly On the air. Heinemann, 1957. Short demy 8vo; photographic portrait frontispiece by Cecil Beaton; deep pale-blue-green silk-weave cloth, lettered copper on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Fine copy in slightly faded dust-wrapper.

First expanded edition, first issue, later copies being bound in cloth of a slightly lighter green and lettered on the spine in gilt. Nine of the twenty-one pieces in the volume were not included in the original edition of 1946.

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BEHAN (Brendan). Borstal Boy. Hutchinson of London, 1958. Portrait frontispiece; pinkish-purple cloth blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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BEHAN (Brendan). Hold your hour And have another. Decorations by Beatrice Behan. Hutchinson of London, 1963. Med.8vo; numerous illustrations on text-paper; green and brown mixed weave effect boards, blocked with publisher's device, ruled, and lettered, gilt on spine; red and green head-band; yellow end-papers. Small erasure from front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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BELL (Adrian). By-road. Cobden-Sanderson, One Montague Street, 1937. Final blank; light brown cloth lettered gilt on spine. Near fine copy in very slightly frayed dust-wrapper.



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BELL (Adrian). Apple acre. London, John Lane The Bodley Head, 1942. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.196; mottled pale green linen streaked with white, lettered dark red on spine. Cloth of spine just a trifle faded; otherwise a fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper rubbed a little over front joint.

In our experience a difficult title in any condition, produced under the war-time stringency regulations and probably printed short. The cloth colour is very light sensitive.

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BELL (Adrian). Sunrise To Sunset. John Lane The Bodley Head, 1944. Orange cloth lettered black on spine. Uniform light embrowning throughout of poor quality war-time paper; otherwise a nice copy in a later issue dust-wrapper, bearing reviews on back flap.



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BELL (Adrian). The Path by the Window. The Bodley Head, London, 1952. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.191+[i (blank)]; lime green cloth-textured boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper torn and slightly rubbed at head of spine and with ghost-tape repair to back.



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BELL (Clive). Pot-boilers. Chatto & Windus, 1918. Blank before half-title; 2ll. integral advertisements at end; yellow-green buckram, tan paper spine label, printed in brown; t.e. grey, others uncut. Cloth of spine slightly faded; relevant illustrations lightly tipped on to front end-paper, and verso of half-title; three vertical blind score-lines visible on title-page; otherwise a nice copy.

Essays on Ibsen, M.E. Coleridge, Peacock, Boswell, Carlyle, the Lysistrata, William Morris, and a lengthy Foreword referring to Arnold Bennett, "our three best living novelists - Hardy, Conrad, and Virginia Woolf", Wells, Moore, Galsworthy, etc.

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BELL (Clive). Art. 1949, Chatto & Windus. Half-tone frontispiece and five plates; pp.[xviii]+[293]+[i (blank)]; yellow Sundour cloth, blocked and lettered pale bluish green on spine. Very nice copy.

First published in 1914. The present edition includes an additional 4pp. Preface, and a few minor corrections in the text. Publisher's office copy, with their purple rubber stamp and ink note on the front end-paper.

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BELL (Clive). Old friends: Personal recollections. 1956, Chatto & Windus. Demy 8vo; frontispiece after Max Beerbohm, six plates from photographs, and one after a sketch by Nils de Dardel, all in half-tone; pp.[200]; mottled deep blue cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue. Fine copy in frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

Norah Smallwood's copy, bearing her ink signature on the front end-paper. (Norah Smallwood was a director of Chatto and Windus: this copy being purchased by us from the Chatto files). Memories of Walter Sickert, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, etc. Includes also the first publication of a letter from Virginia Woolf to Barbara Bagenal.

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[BELL (Mackenzie).]. Words from Within the Veil: A sequel to The Ministry of the Unseen. By L.V.H. Witley. With forewords by James L. McBeth Bain And Rev. Arthur Chambers. London: L.N. Fowler & Co., 7, Imperial arcade, Ludgate Circus, E.C., N.D. [1913]. Sm.cr.8vo; integral advertisement leaf before half-title (recto blank), four integral advertisement leaves at end (verso of last blank), the outermost serving as paste-downs, and all included in the pagination; wood-engraved frontispiece on plate paper; pp.xiv+[122]; textured light blue-green wrappers, printed dull purple on front and back wrapper; a.e.g. Some fading of printing on front wrapper; a few very small corners creased; otherwise a fine copy.

Presentation copy to Mackenzie Bell (who is one of the dedicatees of the volume) with the author's signed holograph inscription on the half-title. Loosely laid in are the following: 1. The front panel of an envelope addressed to Mackenzie Bell at 11, Buckingham Gate, [London] S.W., date stamped March 18th 1913, and bearing two contemporary one penny stamps. 2. Two a.l.s's from spiritualist writer and minister Harry Cowell, who was connected with the publishers Fowler, c.470 words total, presenting this volume, discussing details of production, etc., and also possible revisions to Witley's earlier book Love From Beyond the Veil, the first thousand copies of which have almost sold out, as also other matters connected with their mutual interests in spiritualism. 3. A copying press copy of Mackenzie Bell's a.l.s. replying to the first of these letters, c.150 words. The presentation letter makes clear that the present copy is one of a very few special copies produced for presentation - the ordinary copies being "similar in all respects except the gilt edging".

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BELL (Neil [i.e., Stephen Southwold, née Stephen Henry Critten]). Crocus. A novel. Collins, 48 Pall Mall, 1936. Lge.post 8vo; light sea-green cloth, ruled and lettered white on spine; lower-edges uncut. Spine and edges of covers faded; otherwise a fine copy.

Novel of Romany and fairground life including some fairground and ring boxing episodes, set in the 1880s. Frequent footnotes translate the Romany expressions in the text.

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BELL (Neil [i.e., Stephen Southwold, née Stephen Henry Critten]). Testament of Stephen Fane. Collins, 1937. Violet cloth lettered silver on spine. Cloth slightly darkened by damp at fore-edges; otherwise a very nice copy in slightly chipped and darkened dust-wrapper.

The back panel of the dust-wrapper bears an ‘Author's Note' not included inside the volume, This is in a facsimile of the author's holograph.

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BELLOC (H.). The eye-witness. Being a series of descriptions And sketches in which it is Attempted to reproduce cer- Tain incidents and periods in History, as from the testimony of a person present at each. Eveleigh Nash, 1908. Blank before half-title; red buckram ruled and panelled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine, publisher's device blind on back cover. Labels removed from front end-papers, leaving scuffs and thinning; back end-papers cracked; otherwise nice.



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BELLOC (H.). On anything. Constable & Co. Ltd., 1910. F'cap 8vo; yellow-green buckram, ruled blind on sides, blocked blind and gilt on spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine, and entirely unopened, copy.

Essays on Swinburne, Milton, and Hans Christian Anderson, together with many of a more general nature.

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BELLOC (Hilaire) and CHESTERTON (Cecil). The Party system. Stephen Swift, 1911. Inserted adver- tisement leaf on text paper, followed by imprint leaf, at end; red cloth ruled blind on sides, lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine. Spine very slightly darkened, otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Cahill 40. Politics of a peculiar extreme radicalism.

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BELLOC (Hilaire). Mr. Petre: A Novel. With twenty-two drawings By G.K. Chesterton. Arrowsmith, 1925. Frontispiece and twenty-one plates printed in grey; imprint leaf at end; brown buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked with publisher's device light brown on front cover, lettered light brown on spine. spine lettering a little rubbed; slight wear to head and tail of spine; otherwise a very nice copy.

Sullivan 616.

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BELLOC (Hilaire). Benn's sixpenny library. Oliver Cromwell. Ernest Benn Limited, Bouverie House, Fleet St. E.C., 1927. Double f'cap 16mo; half-title not called for; final blank; pp.78+[ii]; brownish orange wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.

Issued as No.252 of Benn's Sixpenny Library, under the general editorship of William Rose, M.A., Ph.D., this being the latest volume listed on the wrappers as ‘Already Published'. The series, to a spectacular extent, was not issued in the sequence of the numbers: Nos.13, 19, 70, etc. being here listed under the heading ‘Further Titles' [i.e., not yet ready].

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BELLOC (Hilaire). Joan of Arc. Cassell & Company, Ltd., 1929. Sq.8vo; cerise buckram, lettered gilt on spine and front cover. Spine faded, and edges very slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Signed by the author on the front end-paper.

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BELLOC (H.). [Cover title:] The Alternative. An article originally written, during Mr. Belloc's Parliamentary days, for St. George's Review and since revised. Distributist Books, Gerard Falkner, 21 Essex Street, London, W.C.2., N.D. A single gathering, cr.8vo, wire-stitched into pale blue wrappers printed in black, with title on front, and advertisements on back and inside wrappers; half-title not called for; very nice copy. Scarce.

Not listed in the British Library Catalogue.

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BELLOC (Hilaire). Wolsey. Cassell and Company Ltd, 1930. Frontispiece and three plates; map on text-paper; red rough cloth blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; red and yellow head-band. Spine and edges of covers faded; small hole in cloth of back cover; some foxing, chiefly of prelims.; otherwise a very nice copy.



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BELLOC (Hilaire). Cromwell. With Half-tone Frontispiece and Twelve Maps. Cassell and Company Ltd., 1934. Demy 8vo; portrait frontispiece; numerous maps on text-paper; rich brown cloth lettered gilt on spine. Slight marking of front cover; half-title and last leaf foxed, with slight offsetting, and one or two fox-spots on edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's initialled holograph inscription to Duff Cooper, dated ‘Aug. 1934' on the front end-paper, and the bookplate of the recipient on the front paste-down. Loosely laid in is an initialled autograph letter, dated ‘4. IX. 34', about fifty words, referring to the bad proof-reading of the volume, and enclosing a list of errors and unincorporated revisions; the typed list, running to some three sides, 4to, and headed, partly in Belloc's holograph, "Misprints in H.B's ‘Cromwell'", is also present.

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BELLOC (Hilaire). An Essay on the Restoration Of Property. The Distributist League, 7/8 Rolls Passage, London, E.C.4., 1936. Half-title not called for; 88pp., wire-stabbed, glued into pale green wrappers, cut flush, front wrapper printed in black. Lightly tanned oblong on title-page and facing portion of wrapper, where slip of poor quality paper has at some point been inserted; otherwise a very nice copy.



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BELLOW (Saul). Mr Sammler's Planet. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 5 Winsley Street, 1970. Double cr.16mo; light blue boards, blocked and lettered silver on spine; t.e reddish pink. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with one short tear.



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BEMELMANS (Ludwig). How to Travel Incognito. Illustrated by the author. Hamish Hamilton, 1952. Numerous illustrations on text-paper; two blanks at end; pale green cloth blocked and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy.

First English edition.

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BEMELMANS (Ludwig). Are you hungry Are you cold. Andre Deutsch, 1961. Frontispiece on verso of half-title; final blank; very dark brown boards blocked, lettered, and ruled gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

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BEMELMANS (Ludwig). On Board Noah's Ark. Collins, 1962. Frontispiece and 7pp. illustrations in colour; other illustrations on text-paper; two blanks at end; two-tone brown boards lettered silver down spine; pink coated end-papers illustrated in green. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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BENEDICTUS (David). The fourth Of June. Anthony Blond, 1962. Blue boards, blocked with publisher's device, and lettered gilt down spine. Nice copy in dust-wrapper lightly stained on back panel.

The dust-wrapper blurb (repeated on the half-title) was written by Ian Fleming.

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BENEDICTUS (David). The Rabbi's Wife. Blond & Briggs, 1976. Double lge.post 16mo; pink boards lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.



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BENET (Stephen Vincent). Johnny Pye & the fool-killer. Drawings by Charles Child. Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., New York, 1938. Lge.post 8vo; numerous illustrations on text-paper; two blanks at end; light green buckram, blocked and lettered dark green down spine; fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough trimmed. Near-fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper designed by Child.

First trade edition.

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BENNETT (E.A.). Fame and Fiction: An Enquiry into Certain Popularities. Grant Richards, 9 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1901. Blank before half-title; dark turquoise coarse buckram lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut, lower-edges rough- trimmed. Large uncut edges foxed; otherwise a fine copy of a very scarce title.

Includes essays on M.E. Braddon, J.M. Barrie, Charlotte M. Yonge, Rhoda Broughton, Sarah Grand, "The Master Christian", Miss E.T. Fowler, "Red Pottage", Silas Hocking, James Lane Allen, "David Harum", George Gissing, Turgenev, George Moore, and a number of general essays. Emery, 107.

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BENNETT (E.A.). Sidney Yorke's Friend. Illustrated by W.H. Groome. London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 3, Paternoster Buildings, E.C., and 44, Victoria Street, S.W., 1901. Frontispiece and three illustrations arranged as plates, all on text paper and included in the pagination; 4pp. integral, followed by 8pp. text-paper advertisements at end, the latter almost certainly printed conjugate with the prelims.; pp.[viii]+171+[i (blank)]+[12]; quarter pale brown cloth, lettered and elaborately blocked in black, glazed yellow boards printed in colours on front board, with publisher's advertisements in black on back board. Slight wear to binding; otherwise fine. Probably the scarcest of Bennett's fictions.

Issued as a volume in the ‘Chatterbox Library', a fact recorded on the covers. The cheaper issue in boards, published at 1s. The book was also issued, in non-pictorial cloth, at 1s. 6d. Juvenile crime story. Included in the check list of Arnold Bennett's works at the end of ‘Arnold Bennett' by F.J. Harvey Darton - who should, under the circumstances, have known - but dropped from later check lists on the somewhat dubious grounds that Bennett never used his first name after 1900: a statement which is patently incorrect since ‘Fame and Fiction' was published in book form as by E.A. Bennett in 1901, the same year as the present volume. He in fact continued to publish articles and somewhat similar stories in ‘The Penny Magazine' as ‘Arnold Bennett', ‘E.A.B.' and ‘E.A. Bennett' as late at least as 1907, and this story, set in a provincial industrial town, must certainly be regarded as his. The present copy is of the correct first printing, dated on the verso of the title page.

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. The truth about An author. Westminster, Archibald Constable & Co Ltd, 2 Whitehall Gardens, 1903. Post 8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; blue rough fine buckram, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

The volume is usually seen in quarter green cloth, red cloth sides, without the rules, but with the title lettered in the same style, in gilt, on the front cover and spine, and with the publisher's imprint on the spine, the spine sometimes having a decorative band in blind at head and tail, and sometimes not. We have never seen another copy in the present binding, which is without the publisher's imprint on the spine. It has definitely not been rebound, and has the air of being an advance copy or bound proof.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Leonora: A novel. Chatto & Windus, 1903. Integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title; title-page printed in red and black; leaf bearing publisher's device on recto, and 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated May, 1903; pp.[viii]+362+[ii]+4; pinkish purple fine rough buckram elaborately blocked whitish green, and grey, with grey rules incorporated in the blocking, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., lower-edges rough trimmed. A nice copy of a scarce title.



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BENNETT (Arnold). A great man: A frolic. Chatto & Windus, 1904. Title-page printed in red and black; publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated Sept., 1903; pp.viii+343+[1 (blank)]; horizontally streaked light and dark turquoise fine rough buckram, elaborately blocked orange and lime green, with lime green rules incorporated in the blocking, on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. A nice copy.



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BENNETT (Arnold). Teresa Of Watling Street: A fantasia on modern themes. With eight illustrations by Frank Gillett. Chatto & Windus, 1904. Advertisement leaf precedes half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated June, 1904; pp.[2]+vi+299+[1 (blank)]+4; maroon very fine rough buckram, elaborately blocked pale brown on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. A fine copy of a very scarce title.

Not in Hubin, though in fact both criminous and detective.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Tales Of the five towns. Chatto & Windus, 1905. Title-page printed in red and black; leaf bearing advertisement for ‘Anna of the Five Towns' on recto, blank on verso, and two integral leaves of publisher's advertisements, followed by 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue, at end; pp.[viii]+321+[1 (blank)]+[ii]+4; light blue cloth, streaked horizontally darker blue, blocked and lettered, very dark blue on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., lower-edges uncut. Nice.



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BENNETT (Arnold). Sacred and profane Love: A novel In three episodes. Chatto & Windus, 1905. Integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title; title-page printed in red and black; 8pp.integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated June 1905; pp.[xii]+299+[1 (blank)]+8; vertically ribbed bright blue cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Half-title severely foxed, other prelims., and end-papers lightly so; a little very light scattered foxing elsewhere; otherwise a very nice copy.



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BENNETT (Arnold). Hugo: A fantasia on modern themes. Chatto & Windus, 1906. Title-page printed in red and black; 4pp.integral advertisements, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated Sept. 1905; pp.[viii]+323+[1 (blank)]+4; vertically ribbed bright blue cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. A nice copy of a difficult title.



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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. [Cover title:] The Penny Magazine. No.409. Cassell & Company, Ltd., August 25, 1906. 40pp., sm.roy.8vo format, wire-stitched as a single gathering into cream wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in blue and red, inside in black, with commercial advertisements on inside and back covers. A nice copy.

Includes ‘The Spectre at the Feast' by Bennett, signed at the end ‘E.A.B.' Many of the shorter contributions are anonymous, and we suspect Bennett's hand in some of these as well.

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. [Cover title:] The Penny Magazine. No.434. February 16, 1907. 64pp., sm.roy.8vo format, wire-stitched as a single gathering into cream wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and red, inside in black, with commercial advertisements on inside and back covers. A nice copy.

Includes a short story, ‘The Police Station' by ‘E.A. Bennett, Author of "Love and Life," "A Man from the North," "The Gates of Wrath, etc. etc.' Illustrators include Will Owen. It is something of a surprise to find Bennett retaining the ‘E' in the by-line at this late date: he is usually said to have dropped it before 1900. Many of the shorter contributions are anonymous, and we suspect Bennett's hand in at least one of these also.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The reasonable life: Being Hints for Men and Women. London, A.C. Fifield, 44 Fleet Street, E.C [sic], 1907. Sm.cr.8vo; two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.60+[iv]; quarter brown art-canvas, very pale green boards, lettered black on front board and down spine; t.e.g. Some foxing, chiefly of prelims. and edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Essays reprinted from ‘T.P's Weekly' where they appeared under the title "The Savoir Vivre Papers".

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BENNETT (Arnold). The grim smile Of the five towns. Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1907. 10pp. integral advertisements at end; violet buckram ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Crease line in cloth of back cover, due to an original binding fault; spine a trifle dull, and front cover slightly faded; edges very lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Hubin, p.30, listing this title as of doubtful status.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Human machine. The New Age Press, 140, Fleet Street, 1908. Integral advertisement leaf at end; red fine rough buckram, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt down spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Slight fading of spine, but a nice copy.

Emery, 115.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Old wives' tale: A novel. London, Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1908. Final blank; pp.viii+578+[ii]; mottled reddish pink linen-effect fine rough buckram, ruled and lettered white on front cover, lettered white on spine; lower-edges uncut. Enamel on spine uniformly rubbed, but without the usual signs of having flaked away (which leaves the lettering blind: here the white enamel continues to adhere to the interstices of the cloth) and some flaking to the enamel of the rules on the front cover; neat inscription dated Christmas 1908 on front end-paper; otherwise a very nice copy.

Bearing the publisher's ‘PRESENTATION COPY' stamp in blind on the fore-margin of the title-page, and the pencilled note ‘Price 6/-' on the front end-paper, this is almost certainly an advance copy intended for review. The recipient's name in the contemporary gift inscription is illegible to us, but the presenters names are ‘Harry & Ada', in case that helps anybody to identify the original owners of the volume. The author's key title, which usually turns up either rebound or in poor condition, most copies having been bought by the circulating libraries. The enamel on the spine is notoriously difficult to find in even acceptable state, as it tended to become brittle and flake away on exposure to light. Emery, 30.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Old wives' tale: A novel. London, Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1908. Final blank; pp.viii+578+[ii]; mottled reddish pink linen-effect fine rough buckram, ruled and lettered white on front cover, lettered white on spine; lower-edges uncut. Enamel on spine a little rubbed and chipped, but much less so than usual; label removed from front paste-down leaving slight yellowish discolouration; very slight cracking of end-papers; two faint fox-spots on prelims.; otherwise a virtually fine copy, preserved in a gilt-lettered cloth chemise and slip-case.

The author's key title, which usually turns up either rebound or in poor condition, most copies having been bought by the circulating libraries. The enamel on the spine is notoriously difficult to find in even acceptable state, as it tended to become brittle and flake away on exposure to light. Emery, 30.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Old wives' tale: A novel. London, Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1908. Half-title present; early red binder's cloth, blocked blind, lettered gilt, on spine. Mudie's label on front paste-down, with turnover onto front cover; slight wear to cloth of spine; some foxing of first and last few leaves; otherwise nice.

The author's key title, which usually turns up either rebound or in poor condition, most copies having been bought by the circulating libraries.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Literary taste: How to form it. With detailed instructions for Collecting a complete library of English literature. The New Age Press, Ltd., 1909. Cream glazed linen blocked and lettered red, brown, and gilt, on front cover, red and brown on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Prelims. foxed and covers very slightly rubbed; a nice copy, nonetheless.

Emery, 119.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The glimpse: An adventure of the soul. Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1909. Integral advertisement leaf precedes half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+vi+365+[i (blank)]+[2]; pale olive green rough buckram surfaced fine linen effect cloth, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine. Very nice copy.

Emery, 15.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Helen with the High hand: An idyllic diversion. Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1910. Blank before half-title; lavender rough buckram, ruled and lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Covers lightly damp-stained, and cloth worn at one corner of back board; text fine.

Emery, 18.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Clayhanger. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1910. Half-title, title, two Contents leaves, and fly-title to Book I, precede start of text; leaf bearing printer's imprint on verso, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated August 1910; pp.[viii]+574+[ii]; dull blue beaded linen grain cloth, lettered gilt within gilt circular ornamental frame of leaves on front cover, blocked with pattern of leaves gilt, and lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes, on spine, the lower box, containing the imprint, having small inward pointing excressences on the rules; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy. Advance copy, bearing publisher's small ‘Presentation Copy' rubber stamp on title-page. The first volume of the ‘Clayhanger' trilogy. TOGETHER WITH: BENNETT (Arnold). Hilda Lessways. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1911. Half-title, title, Contents, fly-title, and fly-title to Book I precede start of text; pp.[viii]+408; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated August 1911; dull blue beaded linen grain cloth, lettered gilt within gilt circular ornamental frame of leaves on front cover, blocked with pattern of leaves gilt, and lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes, on spine, the lower box, containing the imprint, having small inward pointing excressences on the rules; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper. The second volume of the ‘Clayhanger' trilogy. TOGETHER WITH: BENNETT (Arnold). These twain. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1916. Cancel title-leaf mounted on a stub; half-title, title, Contents, fly-title, and fly-title to Book I precede start of text; imprint leaf at end, followed by 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements on text-paper, dated Autumn, 1915, and 32pp. bound in publisher's catalogue, dated 23/10/15; pp.[viii]+526+[ii]; dull dark blue vertical-rib-effect faint beaded buckram lettered blind within blind circular ornamental frame of leaves on front cover, blocked with pattern of leaves gilt, and lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes, on spine, the lower box, containing the imprint, having small inward pointing excressences on the rules; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very nice copy in dust-wrapper. Advance copy, bearing publisher's small ‘Presentation Copy' rubber stamp on title-page. The front end-paper bears faintly in pencil the inscription ‘7/1/16 / 6/-' this being presumably the scheduled publication date and price. The first state of the binding, later copies being in black beaded linen grain cloth. The final volume of the ‘Clayhanger' trilogy. 3 Vols.

The ‘Clayhanger' trilogy complete, volumes one and three being advance copies, and volumes two and three being in nice dust-wrappers. The dust-wrapper of ‘These Twain' is merely very scarce; that to ‘Hilda Lessways' definitely rare. The binding design is that standard for Methuen novels of this period. Along with ‘The Old Wives' Tale', Bennett's most important work, and a highly desirable set.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Clayhanger. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1910. Half-title, title, two Contents leaves, and fly-title to Book I, precede start of text; leaf bearing printer's imprint on verso, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated August 1910; pp.[viii]+574+[ii]; dull blue beaded linen grain cloth, lettered gilt within gilt circular ornamental frame of leaves on front cover, blocked with pattern of leaves gilt, and lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes, on spine, the lower box, containing the imprint, having small inward pointing excressences on the rules; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy.

Advance copy, bearing publisher's small ‘Presentation Copy' rubber stamp on title-page. The first volume of the ‘Clayhanger' trilogy. Emery, 7.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Hilda Lessways. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1911. Half-title, title, Contents, fly-title, and fly-title to Book I precede start of text; pp.[viii]+408; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end dated August 1911; dull blue beaded linen grain cloth, lettered gilt within gilt circular ornamental frame of leaves on front cover, blocked with pattern of leaves gilt, and lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes, on spine, the lower box, containing the imprint, having small inward pointing excressences on the rules; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very slight dulling of spine; edges and prelims. foxed; but a nice copy, nonetheless.

The second volume of the ‘Clayhanger' trilogy. Emery, 19.

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. Marie Claire By Marguerite Audoux Translated by John N. Raphael With an introduction by Arnold Bennett And an afterword by the translator. London, G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., [York House, Portugal Street, Lincoln's Inn, W.C.,] 1911. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; cancel half-title; half-tone portrait frontispiece of Marguerite Audoux, with tissue guard; cancel title-leaf mounted on stub, followed by stub; blank, followed by inserted 8pp. G. Bell & Sons, Ltd. catalogue at end printed in brown; pp.[2]+[xiv]+309+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; sage green vertical dot-and-dotted-line-grain cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked with repeating pattern blind on sides and spine, lettered within ruled, unpatterned, panel, blind on front cover, lettered on unpatterned panels and ruled, gilt, on spine; lower-edges uncut. Large fox-spot on corner of front blank, with offsetting onto half-title; otherwise an extremely fine copy. Very scarce, in any issue.

First edition, Colonial issue, designated on the cancel half-title as a volume in ‘Bell's Indian and Colonial Library'. The English issue, which we have never seen, was published by Chapman and Hall in January 1911. Bennett's well-informed and interesting Introduction occupies pp.v - [xiv]. Recalled by Virginia Woolf (‘Roger Fry', p.172) as at one time an enthusiasm of Roger Fry's: "There it was - this reality, the thing that the artist had managed to say, now in Frances Cornford, now in Wordsworth, now in ‘Marie Claire', a novel by Marguerite Ardoux in which, if memory serves, the writer has contrived to express the emotions of a peasant at the sight of a wolf without using a single adjective."

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BENNETT (Arnold). The feast of St. Friend. Hodder and Stoughton, N.D. [1911]. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end; quarter mottled cream fine rough buckram, hammered ivory boards, lettered gilt on front board and up spine. Minute Times Bookclub label and small light date-stamp (‘Nov 4 1911') on extreme lower margin of back paste-down; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued in a slip-case, not here present. Emery, 108.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The card: A story of adventure In the five towns. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1911. Leaf blank but for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue dated February 1911 bound in before integral blank at end; sage green beaded linen grain cloth lettered gilt within gilt circular ornamental frame of leaves on front cover, blocked with pattern of leaves gilt, and lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes, on spine, the lower box, containing the imprint, having small inward pointing excressences on the rules; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. In general a nice copy.



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BENNETT (Arnold). The glimpse: An adventure of the soul. New and cheaper edition. Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1912. Blank precedes half-title; cancel title leaf; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.[2]+vi+309+[i (blank)]+[2]; mottled brown rough buckram surfaced fine linen effect cloth, lettered black on front cover and spine. Extremely fine copy in pictorial dust-wrapper by Ruth Cobb, a trifle marked on spine.

A wholly different setting of text from the first edition, of 1909. We are unable to guess the reason for the cancel.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Those United states. Martin Secker, Number five John Street, Adelphi, 1912. Lge.post 8vo; brown fine rough buckram, ruled and lettered dark green on front cover, ruled and blocked with small square dark green, lettered gilt, on spine; t.e. green, other edges uncut. Nice copy.



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BENNETT (Arnold). The matador Of the five towns And other stories. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1912. Integral blank, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated September 1911; dotted linen grain greenish slate cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, ruled gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. A very nice copy of a difficult title.

This copy has the earliest date of the catalogue. This is without issue significance, however, since the book was not published until March 1912. Emery, 52.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The matador Of the five towns And other stories. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1912. Integral blank, followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. catalogue at end, dated March 1912; greenish slate beaded linen grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine, gilt ruled boxes on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Some foxing of edges and prelims., otherwise a fine copy.

The catalogue in this copy dates from the month in which the book was published. Copies are sometimes seen with a catalogue dated September 1911, but this is evidently of no issue significance. Instead of the usual four leaf preliminary gathering, the half-title / title, and the Contents / fly-title leaves are here tipped in as two conjugate pairs. Emery, 52.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Paris nights And other impressions Of places and people. With Illustrations by E.A. Rickards, F.R.I.B.A. Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1913. Roy.8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and forty-five plates, all on cream paper; pp.[2]+[xiv]+384; quarter light and dark brown fine linen patterned rough buckram, mottled fawn boards, lettered gilt within gilt ruled boxes on front cover and flat spine; t.e. dark brown, fore-edges mainly trimmed; red and white head and tail bands. Very nice copy.

The correct first issue, dated (in Roman numerals) on the title-page. In this copy p.166 eight lines from foot lacks all but the dot of the ‘i' at the start of the line. A substantial volume, with pleasant illustrations, dealing with London, Manchester, Blackpool, Florence, Trieste, Fontainebleau, Switzerland, etc. as well as Paris. Emery, 127.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Paris Nights And other Impressions Of Places and People. Hodder and Stoughton, 1913. Grey-blue cloth lettered black within black ruled box on front cover, black on spine. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a fine copy.

Bears the legend ‘Copyright, 1913 By George H. Doran Company' on verso of title-page. The first English edition in small format. A special edition in 4to format was issued in the same year, and is a good deal commoner than this edition.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The price of love. A tale. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1914. Blank before half-title; 32pp. publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated 6/5/14, preceded by stubbs of 4pp. inserted advertisements on different paper, which have been excised; light bluish-violet linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine faded; otherwise a nice copy.

The reason for the excision of the 4pp. inserted advertisements is not clear; the volume appears, however, to have been so issued. e[Emery, 33.]z

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BENNETT (Arnold). Liberty: A statement of the British case. Hodder and Stoughton, 1914. Sm.cr.8vo; imprint leaf at end; pp.[60]; navy blue buckram surfaced slightly rough cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered yellowish orange on front cover and up spine. Poor quality end-papers lightly embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

The correct first issue, dated on the title-page. Emery, 118.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Over there: War scenes on the Western front. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1915. Sm.roy.16mo; light blue paper covered boards printed dark blue, paper spine; blue end-papers. Slight foxing of prelims. and last leaf; otherwise nice.

Emery, 126.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Lion's Share. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1916. Blank before half-title; sage green fine linen patterned cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut, fore-edges mainly trimmed. Spine slightly faded; very slight foxing of end-papers, edges, and front blank; otherwise a fine copy.

Emery, 24.

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BENNETT (Arnold). These twain. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1916. Cancel title-leaf mounted on a stub; half-title, title, Contents, fly-title, and fly-title to Book I precede start of text; imprint leaf at end, followed by 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements on text-paper, dated Autumn, 1915, and 32pp. bound in publisher's catalogue, dated 23/10/15; pp.[viii]+526+[ii]; dull dark blue vertical-rib-effect faint beaded buckram blocked and lettered blind on front cover, lettered within gilt ruled boxes, and blocked, gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. A nice copy.

The third volume of the ‘Clayhanger' trilogy. The first binding, later copies being in black beaded linen grain cloth.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Books and Persons: Being comments on a Past epoch 1908-1911. Chatto & Windus, 1917. Final blank; dark slate buckram, buff paper spine label printed in black; t.e. dark slate, other edges uncut; spare label tipped in at end of text. Cloth of spine slightly faded, and label a trifle darkened and rubbed; prelims. and last few leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Essays originally published in ‘The New Age' under the pseudonym ‘Jacob Tonson'. Subjects include ‘Joseph Conrad and the Athenaeum', ‘Mrs. Humphry Ward's Heroines', ‘W.W. Jacobs and Aristophanes', Kenneth Grahame, Anatole France, H.G. Wells, Swinburne, Meredith, ‘Trollope's Methods', ‘Chesterton and Lucas', Rudyard Kipling, ‘Tourgeniev and Dostoievsky', John Galsworthy, ‘Suppressions in "De Profundis"', Henry James, Mrs. Elinor Glyn, W.H. Hudson, John Masefield, etc. Emery, 104.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Self and Self-management: Essays about existing. Hodder and Stoughton, 1918. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf precedes half-title; pp.[viii]+120; dark dull blue fine rough buckram, ruled blind on sides, lettered orange on front cover and up spine. Nice copy.

The correct first printing, dated on the title-page (in Roman numerals).

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. A floating home By Cyril Ionides and J.B. Atkins With illustrations by Arnold Bennett Photographs, appendix, glossary, etc. Chatto & Windus, 1918. Double f'cap 8vo; frontispiece and seven plates by Arnold Bennett in full colour and with printed tissue guards, and eight half-tone plates from photographs; one plan on text paper; reddish brown coarse buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut. A nice copy.



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BENNETT (Arnold). The roll-call. Hutchinson & Co., 1918. 12pp. integral advertisements at end dated Autumn 1918; deep pink linen-grain cloth ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; lower-edges uncut. Nice copy.

The second binding. Emery, 36.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Pretty Lady. A Novel. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1918. Turquoise linen-grain cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. A nice copy.



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BENNETT (Arnold). From the log of The Velsa. With a frontispiece by the author and Many illustrations by E.A. Rickards. Chatto & Windus, 1920. Double f'cap 8vo; full colour frontispiece and three plates, with printed tissue guards, and forty-six half-tone plates; integral blank at end; reddish brown coarse buckram, ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e. reddish brown, others uncut. First and last few leaves and edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

The coloured plates are those to face pp.92, 200, and 206. Emery, 110.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Our Women: Chapters on the Sex-Discord. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1920. Lge.post 8vo; pp.[vi]+[250]; vertically ribbed sage green cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover and spine. Gilt dull on spine as usual, and some slight fading of cloth on sides; some bubbling of cloth on front cover due to an original binding fault (it looks like a flexion crease, but isn't); otherwise a fine copy.

Printer's coding at end of text: ‘F. 75.620'. In this copy, the page number to p.9 has lost most of its tail. Emery, 125.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Things that have Interested me. Chatto & Windus, 1921. Blank at end; pp.[xii]+321+[iii]; dull blue buckram, paper spine label; t.e. dull blue, others uncut. TOGETHER WITH: BENNETT (Arnold). Things that have Interested me. Second series. Chatto & Windus, 1923. Advertisement leaf before half-title; blank at end; pp.viii+278+[ii]; dull blue rough buckram, paper spine label; lower-edges uncut. TOGETHER WITH: BENNETT (Arnold). Things that have Interested me. Third series. Chatto & Windus, 1926. Advertisement leaf before half-title; pp.viii+272; dull blue buckram, paper spine label; t.e. light blue, others uncut; spare label tipped in at end. 3 Vols., complete, almost uniform; a very little scattered light foxing passim; otherwise a near fine set, the first and third series almost unopened.

Emery,135, 136, & 137.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Mr. Prohack. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1922. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; blank at end, followed by 8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements; greenish slate fine linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Virtually fine copy.

The first English edition. A minor binding variant, some copies having the lower-edges rough-trimmed. Emery, 28.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Mr. Prohack. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1922. Two blanks before half-title, serving as end-papers; blank at end, followed by 8pp. inserted publisher's advertisements; greenish slate fine linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Slight wear to head and tail of spine, and covers very slightly marked; gilt at tail of spine rubbed; otherwise in general a nice copy.

The first English edition. A minor binding variant, some copies having the lower-edges uncut. Emery, 28.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Lilian. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1922. Blank before half-title; two blanks at end serving as end-papers; olive green fine rough buckram, ruled black on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. A little scattered light foxing; otherwise nice.

Emery, 23.

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BENNETT (Arnold). How to Make The Best of Life. Hodder and Stoughton, N.D. [1923]. Tall cr.8vo; blank before half-title; quarter dark brown rough buckram, milky coffee coloured boards, cream labels on front cover and spine printed in brown. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly chipped at head and tail of spine, and a little darkened on spine.

Printed on large paper. The correct first issue, the advertisements on verso of half-title being datable as from early 1923: later copies, in slightly smaller format and in red or grey full buckram, have the advertisements datable as from late 1923 / early 1924. Emery, 114.

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BENNETT (Arnold). How to Make The Best of Life. Hodder and Stoughton, N.D. [1923]. Tall cr.8vo; blank before half-title; quarter dark brown rough buckram, milky coffee coloured boards, cream labels on front cover and spine printed in brown. A nice copy.

Printed on large paper. The correct first issue, the advertisements on verso of half-title being datable as from early 1923: later copies, in slightly smaller format and in red or grey full buckram, have the advertisements datable as from late 1923 / early 1924. Emery, 114.

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