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

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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.

BENNETT (Arnold). Elsie and the Child: A Tale of Riceyman Steps And Other Stories. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1924. Brown fine rough buckram ruled and lettered black on front cover, lettered black on spine; lower-edges uncut. A nice copy.

Emery, 49.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Clayhanger Family. I. Clayhanger II. Hilda Lessways III. These Twain. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1925. Green linen-grain cloth blocked with Bennett's signature in gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Very nice copy.

The first collected edition.

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. Arnold Bennett By Mrs. Arnold Bennett. A.M. Philpot, Ltd., 69 Great Russell Street, 1925. Half-title printed in red, imprint leaf at end in black, otherwise printed throughout in red and black; portrait frontispiece after Edward Wolfe; ten plates, two being after water colours by Arnold Bennett, one being a facsimile of part of one of his mss.; pp.[128]; mulberry buckram lettered and with short rule gilt on spine; t.e. dark red, others uncut. Very fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Bennett's illustrations are here first published.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Lord Raingo. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1926. Navy blue cloth grained buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Spine a little faded; edges and prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Emery, 25.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Lord Raingo. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1926. Navy blue cloth grained buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Edges and prelims. slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper strengthened with gummed paper on verso.

Emery, 25.

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BENNETT (Arnold). [Cover title:] Arnold Bennett To Joseph Conrad. [On back cover:] First Edition Club, 1926. One half sheet, demy 8vo, including wrappers; outside wrappers printed in black and indigo; text of Bennett's letter, pp.[3]-[4]; Editor's Note, p.[5]; p.[6], and inside wrappers, blank; not sewn; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Front wrapper and top-edges foxed; outside wrappers grubby; otherwise nice.

Proof for the edition of 220 copies printed at the Curwen Press for the First Edition Club. Probably only two or three copies of this proof were pulled, the present example being certainly that used for final corrections by the printer. The front wrapper bears in ink a note of the serial number of the paper to be used, and there are five marks in the text made by a proof-reader: one passing the first page of the letter as correct, one adding a full-stop at the end of the printer's imprint, and three making substantive alterations to the editorial matter. (From these last it appears that the original intention had been to print more than the one Bennett letter here included.) A faint median vertical crease throughout the proof suggests that it has been folded for transmision through the post.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The woman who Stole everything And other stories. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1927. Very dark brown buckram surfaced slightly rough cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Nice copy.

Hubin, p.30, listing this title as of undetermined status. None of the stories are in fact criminous. In this copy, p.49, last line, full stop virtually lacking after ‘London'; p.170, ll.4/5, the word ‘having' reduplicated; p.293, l.26, raised ‘f' at end of line. Printer's code: ‘120.4.27' at end of text. Emery, 56.

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. Widecombe fair By Eden Phillpotts. With an introduction By Arnold Bennett. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1927. Lge.post 8vo; half-title, limitation leaf, leaf bearing caption for frontispiece, and photogravure frontispiece (after Cecil Hunt, R.W.S.) printed in sepia, with tissue guard, precede title-page; quarter parchment, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine, light lime green boards; t.e. uncut, others rough trimmed. A near fine copy.

Volume one of The Widecombe Edition of Eden Phillpotts's Dartmoor Novels in twenty volumes, limited to 1,500 sets, this volume being signed by Phillpotts. Arnold Bennett's introduction, entitled ‘The novels of Eden Phillpotts', occupies pp.vii-xxxi.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Savour of Life. Essays in gusto. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1928. Black buckram ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy with defective remains of dust-wrapper.



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BENNETT (Arnold). The Strange Vanguard: A fantasia. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1928. Blank before half-title; pp.[viii]+[328]; very dark navy blue buckram surfaced slightly rough cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Light foxing of first and last few leaves, and edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

Printer's code: ‘F 250.1127.' at end of text. Emery 38.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Mediterreanean Scenes: Rome - Greece - Constantinople. With forty illustrations. Cassell and Company Limited, N.D. [1928]. 4to; 4 leaves "Private Preface" before half-title; limitation leaf follows half-title; tinted frontispiece and thirty-nine plates, some tinted, all on text-paper; original powder-blue linen-grain cloth, unlettered; a.e. uncut; grey-fawn coated end-papers. Crease in front end-papers, due apparently to an original binding fault; otherwise a fine copy.

One of an edition limited to only twenty-five copies, this copy being out of series, and not signed. A footnote to the heading "Private Preface" adds: "Readers need be under no apprehension. This preface appears only in this edition. - A.B." Apparently intended for fellow members of the cruise.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Journal 1929. Cassell, & Company Limited, 1930. Med.8vo; limitation leaf before half-title; imprint leaf at end (dated ‘530'); quarter parchment, lettered gilt on spine, old cream boards printed in brown, green, and lilac; t.e.g., others uncut; old cream end-papers. A fine, unopened, copy.

One of an edition limited to only 75 numbered copies, printed on T.H. Saunders Hand-Made paper, specially bound, and signed by the author. A very pleasant book. Emery, 157.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Journal 1929. Cassell, & Company Limited, 1930. Demy.8vo; blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end (dated ‘530'); light grey fine rough cloth, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. brown; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Very nice copy.

First edition, trade issue. Emery, 157.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Imperial palace. Cassell & Company Limited, October 1930. Demy 8vo; imprint leaf at end; lake rough cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dark red. Light foxing of prelims. and edges; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A limited edition, in two volumes, was also issued. The publisher's imprint is entirely secretive about the month of publication of the limited edition. This suggests, perhaps, that the trade edition in fact has precedence! Emery, 21.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The night visitor And other stories. Cassell and Company Ltd, 1931. Imprint leaf followed by blank at end; purple-ish over-all effect multicolour mixed-weave thornproof-tweed, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Spine and adjacent edge of back cover slightly faded; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.

A very unusual cloth for book-covering. A scarce posthumous short story collection, published in the autumn of 1931 (so the dust-wrapper advertisements; the printers imprint is dated ‘831'). Includes some detective stories. Hubin, p.30; Emery, 53.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Dream of destiny: An unfinished novel, and Venus rising from The sea. Cassell And Company, Ltd., 1932. Imprint leaf at end; dark charcoal rough cloth, ruled blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges and prelims., but a virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper. Scarce thus.

Emery, 11. ‘Venus Rising from the Sea' was originally published in a limited illustrated edition the same year.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The journals. [One, two, or three asterisks] 1896-1910 [1911-1921; 1921-1928]. Edited by Newman Flower. Cassell And Company, Ltd., 1932 [1932; 1933]. 3 Vols., demy 8vo; sepiatone frontispiece in volume one; black and white frontispiece and three plates in volume two; sepiatone frontispiece and three plates in volume three; final blank in volume three; volume one mottled pale brown, volumes two and three dull greyish green, rough buckram, ruled and blocked gilt, lettered cloth colour through gilt, on spines; t.e. grey-green in volume two, yellow green in volume three. Very nice set in the dust-wrappers.

Printer's codes: ‘F50.432'; ‘F35.932'; and ‘F35.333', respectively, at end of texts.

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. Arnold Bennett: The original manuscripts Of many of his Short Stories, Essays, Plays, etc. Maggs Bros. Ltd., Booksellers by Appointment to His Majesty, 34 & 35, Conduit Street, N.D. [c.1933]. Lge.post 8vo; half-title not called for; frontispiece facsimile on text-paper; blank at end; pp.[24]; wire-stitched into cream thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front, and (with advertisements) on inside back wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Staples slightly rusting; otherwise a nice copy.

Includes brief listings 156 mss., together with four letters written to Bennett (by Hilaire Belloc, G.K. Chesterton, and John Masefield). Several of the plays, and some of the other material listed appears to be (still) unpublished.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Arnold Bennett's Letters to his Nephew, With a Preface By Frank Swinnerton. William Heinemann Ltd, 1936. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title; portrait frontispiece; leaves F8, S1; and S7 (pp.73-4; 251-2; and 263-4) cancels; bright brown buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine; bookmark advertisement for ‘British Continental Airways Ltd.' loosely laid in as issued. A few pencilled marks and annotations in the text (v. note), and a very little scattered light dusting, but in general a very nice copy.

With the signature of the ‘Nephew', Richard Bennett, who also edited the volume, on the half-title. The pencilled notes are conceivably in his hand, but certainly at least by somebody who was familiar with his early circumstances. Emery, 146: the first English edition.

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BENNETT (Arnold). The Journals. Selected and edited by Frank Swinnerton. Penguin Books, 1954. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pp.496; white wrappers, cut flush, printed in black and blue. A nice copy.

First edition of this selection. Swinnerton's Introduction, which occupies pp.5-[16], is here first printed. The front wrapper shows a facsimile of part of a letter in Bennett's holograph.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Tales of The five towns: Including ‘The Grim Smile of The Five Towns'. 1964, Chatto & Windus, London. Short double demy 16mo; final blank; pp.[318]+[ii]; faintly mottled reddish-brown cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper. Uncommon.

First collected edition. Brings together all the short stories Bennett wrote about the Five Towns.

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[BENNETT (Arnold).]. Arnold Bennett in Love: Arnold Bennett And his wife Marguerite Soulie: A Correspondence. Edited and translated by George & Jean Beardmore. David Bruce & Watson, 1972. Narrow demy 8vo; frontispiece after an aquatint by Arnold Bennett, and four double-sided plates; three blanks at end, the outermost serving as end-papers; black boards, blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt down spine. A fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

"From a variety of sources, but principally from the previously unpublished correspondence of Arnold Bennett and his wife" - publisher's blurb. George Beardmore was one of Bennett's nephews.

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BENNETT (Arnold). Sketches For Autobiography Edited by James Hepburn. George Allen & Unwin, 1979. Sm.demy 8vo; blank before half-title; pp.[xviii]+182; black cloth lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Fourteen hitherto uncollected articles, together with some twenty-one others here first brought together.

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BENSON (Arthur C.). Rossetti. Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1904. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements followed by blank at end; red cloth, flat spine blocked and lettered gilt; t.e.g. Spine a little faded and warped; ink notes on back free end-paper; otherwise a nice copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.

A volume in the English Men of Letters New Series. NCBEL, 3: 1420

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BENSON (A.C.). Edward Fitzgerald. Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1905. Title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. inserted advertisements at end dated 10.3.05; red cloth, flat spine blocked and lettered gilt; t.e.g. Spine very slightly bowed and marked; otherwise a fine copy.

Complete as issued with the inserted advertisement for "The Scottish Widows' Fund". A volume in the English Men of Letters New Series. NCBEL, 3: 1420

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[BENSON (A.C.).]. The Upton letters By T.B. London, Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1905 All rights reserved. Blank and tipped-in net book agreement slip before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[2]+vi+331+[i (blank)]+[iv]; diagonally fine ribbed midnight blue cloth ruled blind on sides, gilt on spine, lettered gilt on spine and front cover; t.e. uncut, fore-edges rough trimmed. Near fine copy.

NCBEL, 3: 1420

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BENSON (A.C.). The leaves of The tree: Studies in biography. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1911. Extra cr.8vo; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+332+[iv]; vertically fine ribbed green cloth, ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Slight fading of spine, but a nice copy.

Studies people known personally by Benson, in some cases in his childhood, and valuable for the direct impression it gives of their manner and the impact that they had - as well as giving a good deal of detailed information not otherwise recoverable. Among those treated are Henry Sidgwick, J.K. Stephen, Frederick Myers, Charles Kingsley, and Matthew Arnold. NCBEL, 3: 1420

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BENSON (Arthur Christopher). Ruskin: A study in personality. Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1911. Extra cr.8vo; blank and tipped in ‘net book agreement' slip precede half-title page; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; vertically ribbed green cloth ruled blind on sides, lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed; lower-edges uncut. A nice copy. NCBEL, 3: 1420



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BENSON (A.C.). Joyous gard. John Murray, 1913. Sm.8vo; blank before half-title; 4pp. integral advertisements at end; lilac linen ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine faded, and covers generally a little dull; otherwise a nice copy. NCBEL, 3: 1420



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BENSON (A.C.). The Orchard Pavilion. G.P. Putnam's Sons, New York and London, The Knickerbocker Press, 1914. F'cap 8vo; blank and advertisement leaf precede title-page; half-title not called for; 6pp. integral advertisements followed by blank at end; blue coarse buckram ruled and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Edges of covers very lightly rubbed, spine darkened, gilt dull; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription, dated ‘June 15, 1915', on front end-paper. NCBEL, 3: 1420

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BENSON (A.C.). The Orchard pavilion. Smith, Elder & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1914. F'cap 8vo; publisher's violet calf ruled blind on sides, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Slight general wear to covers; otherwise a fine copy. A scarce title. NCBEL, 3: 1420



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BENSON (A.C.). The trefoil: Wellington College, Lincoln, and Truro. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1923. Demy 8vo; half-tone frontispiece and ten plates; 8pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[xiv]+297+[i (blank)]+[viii]; vertically ribbed yellow-green cloth, ruled blind, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Covers a little dull and gilt oxydised; light foxing of prelims. and edges; otherwise a nice copy.

Biographical chapters on the author's father, Archbishop Benson, offering a different perspective from that of the official ‘Life' of 1899.

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BENSON (E.F.). Scarlet and Hyssop. London, William Heinemann, 1902. Pp.[iv]+316; 32pp. publisher's inserted advertisements at end; pale sand-coloured cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram within ruled circle, black, on back cover, blocked green, white, scarlet, brown, and black, lettered scarlet and black, on front cover, blocked with publisher's initials device black and red, lettered black, and red, on spine. Name on front end-paper; a little scattered light foxing, mostly confined to first few leaves; otherwise a nice bright copy.



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BENSON (E.F.). The Book of months. William Heinemann, 1904. Half-title not present; white-flecked orange yellow linen, blocked black and red, lettered black, on front cover, blocked with publisher's device black, lettered black and red, on spine, blocked with publisher's monogram black on back cover; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Poor quality paper just a little browned, especially on the outer margins; otherwise a fine bright copy. Scarce thus.



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BENSON (E.F.). The Climber. William Heinemann, 1908. Final leaf integral advertisements; green cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight general wear to covers; corner of one leaf torn away, with loss of page numbers; slight foxing of edges; otherwise in general a nice copy.



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BENSON (E.F.). A reaping. William Heinemann, 1909. Light olive green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Lacking the half-title; slight scattered foxing; a very good copy, nonetheless.



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BENSON (E.F.). Mrs. Ames. Hodder and Stoughton, London New York Toronto, N.D. [1912]. Pp.[iv]+324; dull- and dark-blue horizontally streaked fine rough buckram, blocked black on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges uncut. Very slight fading to cloth of spine; slight foxing to end-papers, very slight on fore- and lower-edges; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine, very bright, crisp, copy.



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BENSON (E.F.). David Blaize. Hodder and Stoughton, 1916. Post 8vo; Cambridge blue fine beaded linen grain cloth, blocked and lettered dark blue on front cover, lettered dark blue on spine. A fine copy in frayed dust-wrapper creased and slightly chipped on back panel.

The pictorial front panel of the scarce dust-wrapper, which is designed by Edmund Blampied, is entirely fine.

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BENSON (E.F.). The freaks of Mayfair. By E.F. Benson Author of "Dodo," &c. &c. &c. With eight illustrations by George Plank. T.N. Foulis, publisher, London, Edinburgh, & Boston, November 1916. Lge.post 8vo, printed on paper antique-toned on one side of the sheet only; blank before half-title; frontispiece and seven plates on hammered art-paper, with thin paper guards; two leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.[236]+[iv]; light brick-red art buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; grey laid-paper end-papers. One plate with short closed tear to blank fore-margin; otherwise a nice copy.

The illustrations are parodies of Beardsley.

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BENSON (E.F.). Up and down. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1918. Pp.256; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end dated Autumn 1918; dull medium blue fine linen grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, ruled and lettered black on spine; lower-edges uncut. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a very nice copy.

Set in the period May, 1914 - April, 1917.

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BENSON (E.F.). Alan. T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., London: Adelphi Terrace, 1924. Sm.cr.8vo; dark lavender fine linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered white on front cover and spine. A crisp and virtually fine copy.



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BENSON (E.F.). Trouble for Lucia. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1939. Sm.cr.8vo; vignette on title-page; pp.288; mottled pale grey-blue linen-patterned cloth, lettered black on front cover, lettered, ruled, and blocked with publisher's monogram, black on spine; deep blue-green end-papers. Very slight fading of spine and small mark; slight foxing of edges; number written in blue pencil on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper with small closed slit on spine.

The publisher's file copy, identified only by the reference number on the front end-paper.

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BENSON (Robert Hugh). The King's Achievement. Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., No: 1 Amen Corner, E.C., 1905. Post 8vo; title-page printed in crimson and black; grey-and-fawn mottled linen-patterned cloth, blocked white, lettered and embossed gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

Signed and dated ('Aug.27.1906') by Benson on the front end-paper. Laid on to the front paste-down is a slip of paper headed in Benson's hand ‘Suggested titles'. There follows a holograph list of twelve titles, not including the one actually used. Conceivably Benson's own copy, though the late date of the signature would perhaps suggest not. Almost certainly, however, the volume has never been read.

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BENSON (Robert Hugh). The Sentimentalists. Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., No: 1 Amen Corner, E.C., 1906. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; fine dotted line ribbed red cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover. Some wear to binding, but a good copy.



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BENSON (Robert Hugh). The Queen's Tragedy. Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., No . 1 Amen Corner, E.C., 1906. Title page printed in red and black; five integral leaves bearing advertisements at end; very dark green buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Covers and pastedowns dampstained; slight wear to cloth over joints; otherwise a nice copy.



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BENSON (Robert Hugh). The History Of Richard Raynal Solitary. Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1 Amen Corner, E.C., 1906. Title-page printed in red and black; 6pp. integral advertisements at end; light brown coarse buckram, blocked blue-green, lettered gilt, on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. A little light foxing, but a nice copy.



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BENSON (Robert Hugh). The Conventionalists. Hutchinson and Co., 1908. Title page printed in lime green and black; 32pp. inserted publisher's catalogue at end, dated Autumn, 1908; blue smooth cloth, ruled white, lettered gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.



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BENSON (Robert Hugh). Confessions Of A convert. Longmans, Green, and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, 1913. Blank before half-title; 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated 1913; deep pink cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine. A nice copy of a scarce title.



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BENSON ([R.H.].). Vexilla regis: A Book of Devotions and Intercessions on behalf of all our Authorities, our Soldiers and Sailors, our Allies, the Mourners and Destitute, and all affected By the War. Arranged, translated, and compiled by The very rev. Mgr. Benson, M.A., Priest of the archdiocese of Westminster. With a prefatory note by The right rev. the Lord Bishop of Salford. Longmans, Green and Co., 39 Paternoster Row, 1914. Narrow f'cap 8vo; three blanks and advertisement leaf precede frontispiece by T. Baines, on plate paper, and with tisue guard, the first blank serving as paste-down; half-title not called for; pp.[viii]+96; mottled red buckram, ruled blind, blocked gilt, on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Some bubbling of cloth; otherwise a fine copy.



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BENSON (Stella). The poor man. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1922. Post 8vo; blank before half-title; 4pp. inserted publisher's advertisements, on text-paper, at end; light blue cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine. A nice copy.



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BENSON (Stella). The Man who Missed the 'Bus, A Story. Elkin Mathews & Marrot, 1928. Sm.4to; half-title not called for; buff boards printed in blue, matching end-papers; a.e. uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

One of an edition limited to 530 numbered copies, this copy being signed by the author. Printed throughout in Imprint Shadow upon hand-made rag paper. Issued as Number Six of The Woburn Books.

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BENSON (Stella). Hope against hope And other stories. Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1931. Roy.8vo; Limitation leaf precedes half-title; imprint leaf at end; quarter white buckram, lettered gilt on spine, marbled boards; t.e.g., others uncut. A nice copy.

One of an edition limited to 670 copies signed by the author. Printed on English hand-made paper at the Chiswick Press.

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BENSON (Stella). Tobit Transplanted. Macmillan and Co., Limited, St. Martin's Street, London, 1931. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xii+[362]+[ii]; pale green rough effect smooth fine linen ruled blind on front cover, gilt on spine, lettered and with small dot gilt on spine. Small pressure dints in cloth of sides; otherwise a fine copy.

The scarcer of the two variant bindings.

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BENSON (Theodora) and ASQUITH (Betty). Muddling Through Or Britain in a nutshell. Nicolas Bentley drew the pictures. Victor Gollancz, 1936. Lge.sq.8vo; final blank; numerous illustrations on text paper; light blue cloth, paper spine label printed in blue. Covers slightly marked, but a nice copy.



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BENSUSAN (S.L.). Father William. Illustrated. Edward Arnold, 1912. photogravure frontispiece printed in sepia, with tissue guards; eight half-tone plates from photographs (?contemporary Essex); pp.[viii]+304; 8pp. publisher's advertisements at end, on text-paper; purple beaded linen-grain cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; a.e. uncut. A little scattered very light foxing; otherwise a very nice copy.

Countryside tales, written in praise of idling.

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BENTLEY (E.C.). Those days. London, Constable & Co Ltd, 1940. Demy 8vo; collotype portrait frontispiece printed in sepia; pp.[xvi]+[328]; pale grey-green rough buckram lettered black on spine. Cloth of spine slightly darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

Autobiography of the author of ‘Trent's Last Case' - including some information about G.K. Chesterton, with whom he was at school. A scarce title, probably printed short because of the war.

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BERESFORD (J.D.). The prisoners Of Hartling. London: 48 Pall Mall, W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., Glasgow Melbourne Auckland, 1922. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[vi]+262+[iv]; midnight blue rough buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered scarlet on front cover and spine. Small erasures from front paste-down, leaving slight thinning; otherwise a nice copy.

A scarce title.

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BERESFORD (J.D.). The tapestry. W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1927. 6pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed rough effect dark blue cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered scarlet on spine. Very nice copy.



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BERESFORD (J.D.). All or nothing. W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd., 1928. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed rough effect dark blue cloth, ruled and lettered scarlet on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered scarlet on spine. Very nice copy.



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BERGER (John). Permanent Red. Essays in Seeing. Methuen & Co Ltd, 36 Essex Street, WC2, 1960. Extra cr.8vo; pp.223+[i (blank)]; scarlet cloth textured boards, lettered gilt and marina blue down spine; t.e. pinkish red. Fine copy in slightly darkened laminate dust-wrapper reproducing a type-script ‘alphabet' by the author not included in the volume. Scarce.

The author's second book.

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BERGER (John). G. A novel. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 5 Winsley Street, 1972. Double demy 16mo; double spread title, utilising verso of half-title; Acknowledgements leaf at end; pp.[vi]+316+[ii]; cream and pale-brown boards (in imitation of elephant hide), lettered in black and red on spine. Fine copy in nicked dust-wrapper faded a little on spine.

Awarded the Booker Prize in 1972: Berger donated his prize money to the Black Panthers. The novel also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

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BERGSON (H.). La Signification De la Guerre. Bloud et Gay, Editeurs, 7, place Saint-Sulpice, Paris, 1915. Table leaf at end; cream wrappers printed in black and red; a.e. uncut. Very nice copy.

No. 18 in the series "Pages actuelles" 1914-1915.

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BERNERS (Lord). The romance Of a nose. With a frontispiece by the Author. Constable & Co Ltd, 1941. Frontispiece; integral advertisement leaf at end; deep rose rough cloth, lettered silver on spine. Silver of spine imprint rubbed; slight spine roll; two or three fox-spots on edges; in general a nice copy, nonetheless.



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BERRIAULT (Gina). The Infinite Passion Of Expectation: Twenty-five Stories. North Point Press, San Francisco, 1982. Tall double cr.16mo; blank, leaf bearing publisher's device, and advertisement leaf, precede title-page; half-title not called for; blank, and colophon leaf, followed by two blanks at end; pp.[xii]+252+[viii]; glazed white thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed in grey on front cover and down spine; issued without end-papers. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



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BERRYMAN (John). We Dream of Honour: John Berryman's Letters to His Mother. Edited by Richard J. Kelly. W.W. Norton & Company, New York, London, 1987. Short demy 8vo format, perfect bound; publisher's information leaf precedes half-title; leaf bearing word ‘Index' (and nothing else) at end; pp.[xxvi (unpaginated)]+363 (paginated manually)+[i (blank)]+[ii]; light sky-blue thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Slight cockling of early leaves; very faint damp-stain and insignificant crease in corner of back wrapper; otherwise a very nice copy.

Uncorrected Proof copy, so designated on the front wrapper: probably in fact a set of bound first page proofs. Besides the Index, the illustrations, pagination of the prelims., and page numbers to the Contents are not present.

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BESANT (Walter). The Lady of Lynn. With twelve illustrations by G. Demain-Hammond. London, Chatto & Windus, 1901. Half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard and eleven plates; title-page printed in red and black; integral blank followed by publisher's inserted 32pp. Catalogue at end, dated May, 1901; pp.[viii]+453+[iii]; apple-green linen blocked tan and dark chocolate, lettered gilt and dark chocolate, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Small mark on tail-edge of front cover, scattered light foxing passim, poor quality paper of Catalogue embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 196; Wolff, 454

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BESANT (Sir Walter). Autobiography of Sir Walter Besant. With a prefatory note by S. Squire Sprigge. London: Hutchinson & Co., Paternoster Row, 1902. Sm.demy 8vo; drypoint portrait frontispiece with tissue guard; pp.[xxviii]+292; bevelled dull dark purple buckram, blocked with Besant's signature gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges uncut. Cloth of spine very slightly faded; inscription on half-title (v. note); some foxing of frontispiece; otherwise a very nice copy.

From the Workers' Library of the Central Bureau for Employment, whose book-plate is on the front end-paper. The inscription on the half-title records that the Central Bureau was founded by Besant in 1898, and also that the present volume was presented to them in 1926 by their treasurer, W.H. John Falk. In this copy p.ix, l.1 has the reading ‘beihnd' for ‘behind': state or issue significance, if any, undetermined. Loosely laid in is a leaflet issued by the Society of Authors, 4pp. post 8vo format, printed in purple on pink paper, giving the order of service of the ceremony of The Unveiling of the Memorial To Sir Walter Besant In St. Paul's Cathedral, 11th December, 1903.

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BESANT (Walter). Essays and Historiettes. Chatto & Windus, 1903. Title-page printed in lake and black; publisher's 32pp. catalogue at end dated May, 1903; claret glazed coarse linen lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly faded, catalogue embrowned; otherwise a nice copy.

The first issue.

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BESANT (Walter). Essays and Historiettes. Chatto & Windus, 1903. Title-page printed in lake and black; red coarse linen lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Nice.

Second issue, and possibly a re-impression.

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BETJEMAN (John). Vintage London. Eleven plates in colour And twelve illustrations In the text. William Collins of London, 1942. Sm.folio; half-title not called for; frontispiece and ten plates in full colour tipped on to leaves of grey paper; orange cloth, blocked and lettered black on front cover, and up spine. Some foxing of white leaves, otherwise a nice copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper. A difficult title.

Issued as a volume in The Colour Art Books series, under the editorship of Charles Mitchell.

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BIBESCO (Elizabeth). Haven. Short Stories Poems and Aphorisms. Foreword by Elizabeth Bowen. James Barrie, 1951. Final blank; black cloth ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper with one minute chip.

Printed in Dalkeith and bound in Edinburgh. An uncommon volume from a small publisher.

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BINYON (Laurence). [Cover title]: The China Society. Laurence Binyon: The art of Asia. A Paper read at a Joint Meeting of the China Society and The Japan Society, held at Caxton Hall, On Wednesday, November 24, 1915. London, 1916. Roy.8vo; six half-tone plates; pp.[24 (last leaf blank except for printer's imprint)]; orange wrappers, cut flush, printed outside and on inside front wrapper in black; issued without end-papers. Nice copy. Scarce.

An off-print from the ‘Transactions of the Japan Society'.

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BINYON (Laurence). For Dauntless France; an account of Britain's aid to the French wounded and victims of war. Compiled for the British Red Cross Societies and the British Committee of the French Red Cross by Laurence Binyon. With a preface by His Excellency Paul Cambon, French Ambassador. No place, N.D. [1918]. Head and tail of spine slightly frayed, but a very good copy.

Includes illustrations by Edmund Dulac, A.N. Cotterell, Mrs. Wilfred de Glenn, Herbert Ward, and William Rothenstein.

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BINYON (Laurence, C.H., D.Litt., LL.D.). University College and University College Hospital Medical School, London. The Fifth Rickman Godlee Lecture. The English romantic revival In art and poetry: A reconsideration Delivered by Laurence Binyon, C.H., D.Litt., LL.D., In the Great Hall of the college, On Thursday, October 24th, 1935. Chairman, Sir Wilmot P. Herringham, K.C.M.G., C.B., M.D., F.R.C.P. Demy 8vo; pp.29+[ii (blank)]+[i (printer's imprint)]; pale green wrappers, cut flush, printed on front and inside back wrapper in dark red. Slight marking of front wrapper; otherwise a very nice copy. Scarce.

Presentation copy, with the author's initialled holograph inscription, dated ‘Christmas 1935' on upper margin of half-title.

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BIRMINGHAM (George A., i.e. J.O. Hannay). Hyacinth By George A. Birmingham Author of ‘The Seething Pot' London, Edward Arnold, 41 & 43 Maddox Street, Bond Street, W., 1906 (All rights reserved). Pp.[iv]+316; publisher's inserted catalogue at end, dated February, 1906; black buckram lettered orange on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut; publisher's white slip printed in green advertising ‘Handbooks For Sportsmen loosely laid-in between pp.30 and 31; another, orange paper printed in green advertising ‘New 6s. Novels' loosely laid in between pp.48 and 49: both as issued. Publisher's label on front cover (v. note); otherwise a brilliantly fine, crisp copy.

The publisher's File Copy, so designated by the label. The author's very scarce second book, described on the publisher's slip as ‘A new and striking romance of Irish politics' and a ‘"Roman á clef" [in which] several personalities well known in Irish politics of the present moment, as well as a certain organisation aiming at total disruption, are sketched with great pungency and insight.' The colours of the cover and the lettering are possibly intended as ‘black and tan'.

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BIRMINGHAM (George A., i.e. J.O. Hannay). The lighter side Of Irish life. With sixteen illustrations in colour By Henry W. Kerr, R.S.A. T.N. Foulis, 1911. Full colour frontispiece and fifteen plates in full colour tipped on to leaves of fawn paper printed with frames and captions in black, all with thin paper guards; 6pp. publisher's advertisements and blank at end, on text-paper; light brownish olive coarse buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g., others uncut; fawn end-papers. Faded patch on front cover; a very little scattered foxing; otherwise a nice copy.



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BIRMINGHAM (George A., i.e. J.O. Hannay). The Inviolable Sanctuary. Thomas Nelson and Sons, N.D. [1912]. Lge.16mo; half-title not called for; full-colour frontispiece; small format map on thin paper tipped-in before first leaf of text; 14pp. integral advertisements at end; diagonally fine ribbed bright bluish purple cloth, blocked blind on front cover and spine, lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed in green. Inscription (dated ‘May 27th 1912') on upper margin of dedication page; otherwise a very nice copy.



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BIRMINGHAM (Geo. A. [i.e. Rev. Canon J.O. Hannay].). General John Regan. Hodder and Stoughton, 1913. Blue-green rough buckram, blocked black and white on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Nice copy.

Not dated on the title-page, but in the publisher's imprint on the last page of the text, and also on the dedication page.

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BIRMINGHAM (George A. [i.e. Rev. Canon J.O. Hannay].). Benedict Kavanagh. Hodder and Stoughton, 1913. Pp.256; red buckram, ruled tan on front cover and spine, lettered white on front cover, gilt on spine. Very slight fading of spine, but a near fine copy.

A scarce title.

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BIRMINGHAM (Geo. A., i.e. Rev. Canon J.O. Hannay). Connaught To Chicago. James Nisbet & Co., Limited, 22 Berners Street, 1914. Leaf blank except for signature mark ‘*' on recto precedes half-title; portrait frontispiece printed in very dark brown, with loose tissue guard; title-page printed in red and black; final blank; orange fine linen grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device black on back cover, ruled an lettered black on front cover, gilt on spine; lower-edges mainly trimmed. Very nice copy.



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BIRMINGHAM (George A., i.e. J.O. Hannay). Up, the rebels! Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1919. 32pp. publisher's catalogue at end dated 27/6/19; green fine linen grain cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Some leaves of catalogue creased; one or two minor faults otherwise, but in general a nice copy.

1983

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BIRMINGHAM (George A. [i.e. Rev. Canon J.O. Hannay].). Gold, gore & gehenna. Indianapolis, The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers, 1927. Yellow linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered marina blue on front cover and spine. Covers worn and marked and enamel vanished from spine; text in general nice.

First American edition. Published in England as ‘Fidgets'. Tipped on to the front end-paper is a TLS (with holograph post-script) from the author to an English friend, 2pp., 4to, presenting the volume, touching on personal matters, identifying the Irish originals of places and people in the story, and commenting on the title chosen for the book by its American publishers. A nasty copy, but a nice association, and a good letter. Listed by Hubin, p.34, as of undetermined status. It is in fact a comic story involving an attempt to recover treasure from a wrecked ship and the illegal distilling of ‘potcheen' - and is only very marginally criminous.

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BIRMINGHAM (George A. [i.e. Rev. Canon J.O. Hannay].). Lieutenant Commander. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1944. Green cloth, lettered white on spine. End-papers and edges lightly foxed; inscription dated ‘13. 10. 44' on upper margin of title-page; otherwise a very nice copy.



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BIRMINGHAM (George A. [i.e. Rev. Canon J.O. Hannay].). Golden apple. Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, 36 Essex Street, Strand, W.C.2. Pp.[vi]+249+[i (printer's imprint)]; greyish buff rough buckram, lettered dark green on spine. Slight foxing of edges; small corner cut from front paste-down; otherwise a fine copy.



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BIRMINGHAM (George A. [i.e. Rev. Canon J.O. Hannay].). Two scamps. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1950. Brick red cloth lettered gilt on spine. Spine slightly faded, and gilt oxydised; otherwise a nice copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



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BIRRELL (Augustine). William Hazlitt. Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1902. Title-page printed in red and black; final blank; pp.viii+230+[ii]; 2pp. tipped in publisher's advertisements at end, dated ‘20.6.02'; mottled red fine rough buckram, flat spine blocked and lettered gilt; t.e.g. A fine copy.

A volume in the English Men of Letters [new series]. Issued under the general editorship of John Morley.

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BIRRELL (Augustine). Emerson: A Lecture. Philip Green, 5, Essex Street, Strand, 1903. F'cap 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; vertically ribbed carmine cloth lettered white up spine and on front cover. Lettering faded from spine, otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

The Essex Hall Lecture for 1903.

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BIRRELL (Augustine). In the name of the Bodleian And other essays. Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.C., 1905. Sq.8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; green buckram blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; uncut edges; end-papers coated black. Generally nice copy.

Essays on First Editions, Chesterfield, Johnson, Boswell, Old Booksellers, Copyright, Hannah More, Thomas Paine, Bradlaugh, etc., etc.

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BIRRELL (Augustine). Andrew Marvell. Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1905. Title-page printed in red and black; final blank; red cloth, flat spine blocked and lettered gilt; t.e.g. Spine very slightly bowed; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as a volume in the English Men of Letters New Series.

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BIRRELL (The Right. Hon. Augustine). Frederick Locker-Lampson: A character sketch With a small selection from letters addressed To him and bibliographical notes on A few of the books formerly In the Rowfant Library. Composed and edited by his son-in-law The Right Hon. Augustine Birrell. Constable and Company Limited, 1920. Double f'cap 8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A' precedes half-title; etched frontispiece after George du Maurier; one double-page facsimile in full colour; one facsimile plate after Kate Greenaway, printed in colours; 4pp. on imitation art paper, the first being a (redundant) fly-title, the rest bearing illustrations of thirteen Locker family bookplates; printer's imprint leaf at end; pp.[2]+[x]+206+[ii]; quarter natural linen, drab boards, cream paper spine label printed in red; a.e. uncut. Label chipped, corners worn, edges slightly so; crease in back end-paper; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Printed at the Chiswick Press. The ‘small selection' includes letters from Leigh Hunt (2), Oliver Wendell Holmes (6, not in Blanck), Tennyson (3), Robert Browning (4), W.M. Thackeray (2), Ruskin (5), George Eliot (4), Rev. William Barnes (2), C.S. Calverley (6), Mathew Arnold (4), George Cruikshank (3), Charles Dickens (2), Richard Doyle, George du Maurier (2), D.G. Rossetti, Swinburne (not in Wise), Walt Whitman, Leslie Stephen, W.E. Henley, R.L. Stevenson (not in McKay), Thomas Hardy (Purdy, p.264), etc., and a section of letters from Locker-Lampson himself to his son.

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BISHOP (Elizabeth). The Collected Prose Edited, with an introduction, By Robert Giroux. Chatto & Windus / The Hogarth Press, London, 1984. Med.8vo format, perfect bound; advertisement leaf before half-title; final blank; pp.[ii]+xxii+278+[ii]; grey bookcloth panelled black, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; yellow head and tail bands. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First edition, English issue: printed and bound in America. The second issue, with publisher's label on the front flap of the dust-wrapper increasing the price from £10.50 to £12.50. The English issue was probably quite small.

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BLACKWOOD (Algernon). Pan's garden. A volume of nature stories. With drawings by W. Graham Robertson. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1912. Frontispiece with tissue guard; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by 8pp. publisher's inserted advertisements, undated, at end; green buckram, lettered gilt, blocked black, on front cover and spine. Very nice copy.



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BLATCHFORD (Robert). Tales for the marines. The Clarion Newspaper Co. Ltd., 72 Fleet Street, London, E.C., 1901. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; two full-page illustrations on text-paper, unbacked, but included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[xii]+218+[ii]; deep olive green rough buckram, blocked matt and glazed black, and white, lettered white, on front cover, blocked white and glazed black, lettered white, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. White enamel largely lacking from spine, as almost always; otherwise a nice copy.

The illustrations and cover design are by Frank Chesworth. The spine bears the imprint of Walter Scott. One of two variant bindings, otherwise similar copies being known in pale grey-green rough buckram: precedence undetermined. An interesting essay in the art of verbal story-telling, with a setting of the Indian army rather as in ‘Soldiers Three' - but Blatchford's triumph is that he manages to use material from the same stock whilst at the same time wholly avoiding the Kiplingesque. Very readable stories, frequently amusing, and including one supernatural.

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BLATCHFORD (Robert). Tales for the marines. The Clarion Newspaper Co. Ltd., 72 Fleet Street, London, E.C., 1901. Blank before half-title; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard; two full-page illustrations on text-paper, unbacked, but included in the pagination; integral advertisement leaf at end, verso blank; pp.[xii]+218+[ii]; pale grey-green rough buckram, blocked matt and glazed black, and white, lettered white, on front cover, blocked white and glazed black, lettered white, on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. White enamel largely lacking from spine, as almost always; otherwise a nice copy.

The illustrations and cover design are by Frank Chesworth. The spine bears the imprint of Walter Scott. One of two variant bindings, otherwise similar copies being known in deep olive green rough buckram: precedence undetermined. An interesting essay in the art of verbal story-telling, with a setting of the Indian army rather as in ‘Soldiers Three' - but Blatchford's triumph is that he manages to use material from the same stock whilst at the same time wholly avoiding the Kiplingesque. Very readable stories, frequently amusing, and including one supernatural.

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BLATCHFORD (Robert). Not Guilty: A Defence of the Bottom Dog. 1906 [i.e., 1905], Clarion Press, 72, Fleet Street, E.C. Sm.cr.8vo; publisher's imprint leaf (dated 1905), followed by leaf of publisher's advertisements, on text-paper, at end; pp.261+[i (blank)]+[ii]; dark green fine rough buckram, lettered and with short rules gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Half-title and title foxed on fore-margins, and some light foxing of edges; otherwise a nice copy.

The correct first printing. A later printing, also bearing the date 1906, is sometimes seen, but in paper wrappers, and with the publisher's address given as ‘44 Worship Street'.

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BLUNDEN (Edmund). Christ's Hospital: A retrospect. Christophers, 22 Berners Street, W.1, N.D. [1923]. Frontispiece with thin paper guard loosely laid in, as issued; seven plates; navy blue linen-patterned cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, gilt on spine. Guard slightly creased and dusty at lower edge; otherwise an extremely fine copy.

This was in fact the publisher's file copy (purchased by us from Chatto & Windus, who took over Christophers), though it bears no signs of ownership. Muir, checklist, 13. One thousand copies were printed.

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BLUNDEN (Edmund). Lectures in English Literature Given in the Imperial University, Tokyo. First series. Tokyo [Japan]: Kodokwan, 1927. Half-title not called for; colophon/advertisement leaf at end (in Japanese); pp.[vi]+189+[i (blank)]+[ii]; light greyish brown limp net-grain cloth, panelled blind, lettered gilt and blind on front wrapper, lettered gilt up spine. Slight marking of back cover; slight rubbing of gilt on spine; pencil inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

A scarce title not recorded in Muir's checklist.

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BLUNDEN (Edmund). Thomas Hardy. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1941. Cerise buckram, ruled blind on front cover, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. very dark brown, others uncut; pale buff end-papers. Fine unopened copy in dust-wrapper somewhat embrowned on spine.

Issued as a volume in the English Men of Letters New Series.

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BLUNDEN (Edmund). English villages. With 12 plates in colour And 25 illustrations in Black & white. William Collins of London, 1941. White boards printed in light brown. Fine copy in dust-wraper.

A volume in the Britain in Pictures Series.

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BLUNDEN (Edmund). [On inside front cover:] The Great Church Of the Holy Trinity Long Melford. [Long Melford, Suffolk,] 1966. Half-title and title-page not called for; numerous half-tone illustrations on text paper; final page Acknowledgements; pp.20, wire-stitched into white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black and brown, on inside front wrapper in purplish pink and black, on inside back wrapper in purplish pink. A fine copy.

The cover design is by John Piper. An unusually handsome booklet of its kind. Published at 2s 6d. The first issue, later copies having a different price.

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BLUNDEN (Edmund, C.B.E., M.C., C. Litt., Litt.D.). The English Association Presidential Address 1967: A few Not quite forgotten Writers? July 1967. One gathering roy.8vo; half-title not called for; final blank; grey wrappers, cut flush, printed in black. Fine copy.

Cowley; Waller; Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea; Matthew Green; John Dyer; and Leigh Hunt.

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[BLUNDEN (Edmund).]. The life of a poet: A Biographical Sketch of William Collins By P.L. Carver, Ph.D. With a Foreword by Edmund Blunden. London, Sidgwick & Jackson, 1967. Demy 8vo; pp.xiv+210; dull blue fine cloth-textured boards ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. dull blue. Fine copy in very slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.



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BLUNT (Wilfred). The Haileybury Buildings. Wilfred Blunt, A.R.C.A., Haileybury College, Herts., 1936. Frontispiece and three plates; wood-engraved vignette title-page, and numerous wood engravings in the text; yellow boards printed in red and black. Spine faded, and covers a trifle marked; otherwise nice.

A presentation copy, with the author's signed holograph inscription on the front (?back) end-paper. This copy was obviously a reject - the casing has been put on upside down.

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BOGARDE (Dirk). Snakes & ladders. 1978, Chatto & Windus, London. Double demy 16mo; half-tone frontispiece and ten double-sided plates; pp.[xii]+339+[i (blank)]; dark grey-green cloth-textured boards, panelled scarlet, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, on spine; end-papers printed with drawings in sepia. Fine copy in slightly marked dust-wrapper.

The second volume of Bogarde's autobiography.

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BOGARDE (Dirk). A gentle Occupation: A Novel. 1980, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; vignette on title; double-page map in text; pp.[viii]+[360]; blue cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight bruising of covers; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by the author.

Dedicated to Norah Smallwood, who was Bogard's editor at Chatto & Windus. Purchased from the Chatto & Windus file: with their pencilled ownership inscription on the front end-paper. Loosely laid in are photocopies of reviews which appeared in the Sunday Telegraph, the Times, and the T.L.S.

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BOGARDE (Dirk). A gentle Occupation: A Novel. 1980, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra double cr.16mo; vignette on title; double-page map in text; pp.[viii]+[360]; blue cloth-textured boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight bruising of covers; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by the author.



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BOGARDE (Dirk). An Orderly Man. Chatto & Windus, The Hogarth Press, 1983. Metric demy 8vo, perfect bound; vignette on title; six double-sided plates; white wrappers printed in purple and black, cut flush. Fine copy.

Advance Proof Copy, on proofing paper.

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BÖHME (Margarete). The diary Of A lost one. Edited by Margarete Böhme. Sisley's Ltd., Makers of beautiful books, London, N.D. [1907]. Pp.[319]+[i (printer's imprint)]; mottled lilac-grey linen, blocked with publisher's device puce on back cover, blocked and lettered puce on front cover, blocked with publisher's device and lettered puce on flat spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Poor quality laid paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a fine copy.

Possibly a novel, but if so a very well imagined one: about prostitution in Germany, where it was first published under the title ‘Die Tagebuch einer Verlorenen'.

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BOOTHBY (Guy). A Maker of Nations. Illustrated by Gordon Browne. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1900. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; 10pp. integral advertisements at end; bevelled bright blue buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine and front cover; a.e. uncut; cream end-papers. End-papers embrowned, otherwise a fine copy.



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BOOTHBY (Guy). My Indian Queen. Illustrated by Harold Piffard. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, 1901. Frontispiece with tissue guard, and fifteen plates; bevelled blue buckram blocked gilt, lettered white on front cover and spine; top- and fore- edges uncut. Gilt and lettering a trifle rubbed; tissue of frontispiece defective; otherwise a nice copy.



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BOOTHBY (GUY). A Bride from the Sea. With Eight Illustrations by A.T. Smith. London, John Long, 13 and 14 Norris Street, Haymarket, 1904. Post 8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and seven plates; pp.[279]+[i (printer's imprint)]; purple buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Barely perceptible mottling of covers; very light foxing of edges; scattered very light foxing passim; a virtually fine, crisp, copy nonetheless. Scarce thus.

Hubin, p.41, recording this title as of undetermined status: it is in fact a historical romance, of the usual type, set in Elizabethan times in England and Spain.

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BORDEN (Mary). The forbidden zone. William Heinemann, Ltd., 1929. Double lge.post 16mo; frontispiece on text-paper; black buckram, blocked blind on back cover, ruled blind, blocked pictorially gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; grey hammered end-papers. Fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper with piece cut from front flap.

The frontispiece, cover, and dust-wrapper design are by Percy Smith. A mixture of sketches and poems written between 1914 and 1918, during four years of hospital work in France, to which are added five stories written later, but based on incidents encountered at that time.

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