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

IMPORTANT!

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.




Please note:
The arrangement here is the same as that adopted in our current catalogues, and as there our larger files are presented in sections for ease of downloading. At the end of each section you are invited to browse the next.


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARPENTER (Edward). Iolaus: An anthology of friendship Edited by Edward Carpenter. Author's Edition, [no place, no publisher: but printed, according to the imprint on verso of last leaf, by S. Clarke, 56, Sackville Street, Manchester], 1902. Sm.double f'cap 8vo; printed throughout in red and black; wood-engraved initials; half parchment, ruled, blocked and lettered gilt on spine, light sky-blue linen effect cloth sides, lettered gilt on front cover; t.e.g., others uncut. Light foxing of parchment, and cloth a trifle bubbled and dusty; large light damp-stain throughout text; a very god copy, nonetheless.

One of an edition limited to 150 copies numbered and signed by the author. Printed upon hand-made paper watermarked ‘Strathmore U.S.A.'. Not in CBEL.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARPENTER (Edward). Prisons police And Punishment: An inquiry into the causes And treatment of crime And criminals. Arthur C. Fifield, 44 Fleet Street, E.C [sic], 1905. Sm.cr.8vo; three leaves integral advertisements at end, dated March, 1905; cream wrappers, cut flush, printed in black, the inside and back wrappers bearing advertisements; issued without end-papers. Wrappers lightly damp-stained, and showing some slight wear, particularly at head and tail of spine; otherwise a nice copy.

First edition, second issue, in wrappers, published at 1s. nett; the first issue, in cloth, was published at 2s. The advertisements at the end of the volume advertise only the cloth issue, whilst the spine bears the legend ‘Cheaper issue', together with the price.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARPENTER (Edward). Sketches from Life In Town and Country And some Verses. With portrait. George Allen & Sons, 1908. Blank before half-title; integral advertisement leaf at end; monochrome portrait frontispiece; title-page printed in red and black; blue-green cloth lettered gilt, with gilt-ruled box, on spine. Spine very slightly faded; prelims. lightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARPENTER (Edward). Love's Coming-of-Age: A series of papers On The relations of the sexes. London: George Allen & Company Ltd., Ruskin House, Rathbone Place, W.; Manchester: S. Clarke Limited, 41 Granby Row, 1913. Post 8vo; advertisement of Carpenter's other works on verso of last leaf of text, the following leaf bearing a continuation of the same on recto and the printer's imprint of S. Clarke on verso; light grey buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Spine faded; edges, prelims., and advertisement leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARPENTER (Edward). The healing of Nations and the Hidden sources of their Strife. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., Ruskin House 40 Museum Street, W.C., 1915. Sm.cr.8vo; imprint leaf followed by 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.266+[i]+[5]; dark blue beaded linen-grain cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, two buff labels lettered in black on spine. Cloth of spine very slightly faded, and labels a trifle dusty; otherwise a fine copy.

A scarce late title not noted in CBEL.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARR (M[ildred]. E.). George Goring's Daughters. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 15 Waterloo Place, 1903. 4pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[viii]+348+[iv]; vertically fine ribbed blue cloth, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough trimmed; end-papers coated blackish brown. Slight damp-spotting of covers, and end-papers a little cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

Presentation copy bearing the author's holograph inscription on the half-title: "Kathleen Dillon / from / Mildred E. Carr / 28 April 1903". Not in Sadleir or Wolff.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARTLAND (Barbara). After the night. Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., N.D. [1944]. Double post 16mo; pale green rough buckram, lettered crimson on front cover and spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Complete with the book-mark advertisement for the Prudential Assurance Co Ltd. loosely laid in, as issued.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARTLAND (Barbara). The Little pretender. Rich and Cowan, 1950. Double post 16mo; final blank; sky-blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARTLAND (Barbara). Elizabethan Lover. Hutchinson, Stratford Place, 1953. Scarlet boards, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in frayed and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARTLAND (Barbara). The Smuggled Heart. Hutchinson of London, 1959. Double post 16mo; dull blue boards, blocked with publisher's device and panelled white, lettered white and red, on spine. Fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy with the author's signed holograph inscription, dated Christmas 1959, on the front end-paper.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARTLAND (Barbara). The Call of the Highlands. Hutchinson, London Melbourne Sydney Auckland Johannesburg, 1982. Post 8vo, perfect bound; two blanks precede half-title, three at end; pp.[iv]+[166]+[vi]; light blue cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's device and lettered silver on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The staistically inclined blurb on the dust-wrapper notes that this is her 316th book and that her total sales at this date were more than 300,000,000. Most of them have, strangely, disappeared.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARY (Joyce). The African Witch. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1936. Black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Prelims., end-papers, and edges foxed; lettering oxydised and slightly rubbed on spine; otherwise a nice copy in frayed and faded dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARY (Joyce). Castle corner. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1938. Final blank; black cloth lettered gilt on spine. Gilt slightly dull; slight spine-roll; prelims. foxed, one or two other leaves slightly so; other minor faults; a very good copy, nonetheless.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARY (Joyce, M.A. Trin.Coll. Oxon., Late Nigerian Political Service.). Power in men. 1939, Nicholson & Watson, Limited. Double post 16mo; 8pp. integral advertisements for ‘The Liberal Book Club' at end; mottled deep pink ‘Sundour' cloth, blocked, lettered, and with gilt ruled box on spine. Cloth slightly stained at extreme top corners; large piece cut from front end-paper; a few leaves with light pencil scoring and/or notes; poor quality paper very lightly embrowned at some margins; otherwise nice.

A scarce non-fiction title.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARY (Joyce). To be a Pilgrim. Michael Joseph Ltd., 26 Bloomsbury Street, London, W.C.1, 1942. Sm.cr.8vo; final blank; pp.338+[ii]; biscuit brown fine rough buckram over very thin boards, blocked and lettered sea-green, lettered biscuit brown through sea-green on spine. Very nice copy.

A scarce title, produced under war-time economy standards, and probably printed short.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CARY (Joyce). Not Honour More. Michael Joseph, 1955. Double extra cr.16mo; pp.[223]+[i (blank)]; black cloth blocked with publisher's device and lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The final volume of the ‘Prisoner of Grace' trilogy.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CASTLE (Agnes and Egerton). Panther's Cub. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1910. Lge.16mo; half-title not called for; full-colour frontispiece; green dotted line ribbed cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, panelled white, on spine; end-papers printed green in series style. Enamel of spine panel very slightly chipped; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as a volume of ‘Nelson's 2/- Series of New Novels'. The enamel on the spine panels in this series is almost never seen unchipped, and is frequently badly so. In the present copy the panel is in exceptionally nice state.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). A Lost Lady. William Heinemann, Ltd., 1924. Blank before half-title; green linen-grain cloth blocked and lettered green on spine and front cover. Near fine copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). The Professor's House. William Heinemann Ltd., 1925. Blank before half-title; two blanks at end, serving as end-papers; mottled dark teak brown small-patterned cloth, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. brown. First and last three leaves foxed; otherwise a nice copy of a difficult title.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). Death comes for The archbishop. William Heinemann Ltd, 1927. Blank before half-title; diagonally fine-ribbed brown cloth, lettered gilt on spine; lower-edges uncut. A near-fine copy.

Almost certainly the primary binding.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). Death comes for The archbishop. William Heinemann Ltd, 1927. Blank before half-title; very dark brown buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Covers a little rubbed, and showing some general wear at corners; a very little light pencil scoring and a few light pencil notes, relating to the Virago Press edition; otherwise nice.

From the library of Carmen Callil, and bearing her bookplate on the front paste-down. The probable second binding.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). My Mortal enemy. 1928, William Heinemann. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; colophon leaf, followed by two blanks at end; printed throughout in black and yellow; numerous decorations and illustrations on text-paper by W.A. Dwiggins; quarter black fine buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine, buff boards; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Boards a trifle marked, and end-papers very slightly foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

First edition, English issue. Designed by Dwiggins, and printed at the Plimpton Press, Norwood, Massachusetts.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). Obscure Destinies. Cassell And Company Limited, 1932. Lime green cloth ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Covers faded and a trifle marked; very light foxing of first and last two leaves; a nice crisp copy, nonetheless.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). Obscure Destinies. Cassell And Company Limited, 1932. Lime green cloth ruled blind on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in minutely chipped and slightly rubbed dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). Lucy Gayheart. Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1935. Blank before half-title, final blank; green cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CATHER (Willa). Not under forty. Cassell And Company Limited, 1936. Final blank; dull blue cloth blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Very light foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in used and internally strengthened dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CAUTE (David). Comrade Jacob. Andre Deutsch, 1961. Double cr.16mo; black linen-grain boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in frayed dust- wrapper strengthened with ghost tape on verso.

The author's second book, subtitled on the dust-wrapper: ‘A Novel of the English Revolution'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CAUTE (David). The Illusion: An essay on politics Theatre and the novel. Andre Deutsch, 1971. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title; two blanks at end serving as end-papers; Contents/Acknowledgments leaf a cancel, pasted onto a stub; carmine boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. A fine copy in the dust-wrapper.

As noted on the half-title leaf, the second part of a mixed-form/media trilogy bearing the general title ‘The Confrontation'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHARTERIS (Hugo). The River-Watcher. Collins, St James's Place, London, 1965. Extra cr.8vo; pp.320; light and dark blue rough-buckram effect boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of top edges otherwise a fine copy in very lightly marked dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

TCHEKHOV (Anton). The note-books of Anton Tchekhov Together with Reminiscences of Tchekhov By Maxim Gorky. Translated by S.S. Koteliansky and Leonard Woolf. Published by Leonard & Virginia Woolf at The Hogarth Press, Paradise Road, Richmond, 1921. Sm.cr.8vo; advertisement leaf, blank on verso, followed by blank at end; pp.[VIII]+108+[i]+[iii]; light red marbled paper covered boards, flat spine, paper label on front board. Small damp mark at top-edges of back board, slight embrowning of label, and paper covering to edges of spine a little worn (but not the underlying muslin; inscription (dated July 1921) on front end-paper; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

Woolmer, 14, noting that the volume was also issued in blue paper boards.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The defendant. R. Brimley Johnson, 1901. Integral advertisement leaf and blank at end; bevelled sage-green buckram, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Covers slightly marked; end-papers foxed; otherwise a fine copy.

Sullivan 3. The author's first volume of prose.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHESTERTON (G.K.) and NICOLL (W. Robertson).]. Robert Louis Stevenson. With numerous illustrations. Hodder and Stoughton, 27, Paternoster Row, 1902. Double f'cap 8vo; blank serving as paste-down, advertisement leaf and sepiatone portrait frontispiece on textured paper, with tissue guard, precede title-page; half-title not called for; numerous illustrations in text; conjugate text-paper advertisement leaf and paste-down at end; pp.[4]+iv+40+[4]; scarlet buckram over thick boards, cut flush. Fine copy.

Sullivan, 202, mis-records this title, but gives corrections in his Supplement. Two essays. Nicoll's name appears at the end of his essay, on p.8; Chesterton's at the end of his, on p.34. Issued as No.2 in the series ‘"The Bookman" Booklets'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). and MELVILLE (Lewis). Thackeray. With numerous illustrations. London, Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Paternoster Row, 1903. Double f'cap 8vo; portrait frontispiece; integral advertisement leaf followed by blank serving as pastedown at end; pp.iv+40+[ii]; front free end-paper printed with publisher's advertisements; pale grey-green buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered navy blue on front cover. A nice copy.

Issued as No.8 of ‘"The Bookman" Biographies'. Sullivan, 207.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). G.F. Watts. 1904, London: Duckworth & Co, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co [sic] F'cap 8vo; half-tone frontispiece, and thirty-one plates, all integral and included in the pagination; title-page printed in red and black; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+174+[ii]; green coarse buckram lettered and blocked gilt on spine and front cover, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover; t.e.g. Inscription on front end-paper; very slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a fine copy.

Sullivan 6, binding B (i.e. the more expensive of the two simultaneous issues originally recorded, though a further issue in limp leather is added in the Supplement which was presumably dearer still).

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHESTERTON (G.K.).]. Creatures that Once were men By Maxim Gorky. Translated from the Russian by J.K.M. Shirazi. With Introductory [sic] by G.K. Chesterton. Alston Rivers, Arundel Street, W.C., N.D. [1905]. Sm.imp.16mo, printed in half-sheets; integral advertisement leaf at end; thin white card wrappers, cut flush, printed black on back wrapper, black and red on front wrapper, unprinted on spine; issued without end-papers. Backstrip embrowned, chipped, and somewhat delicate; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

The first appearance of these stories in English. Chesterton's lucid and perceptive socio-political introduction occupies pp.v-xi. Sullivan, 216.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (Gilbert K.). Orthodoxy. London: John Lane, the Bodley Head; New York: John Lane Company, 1909 [i.e., September 25th 1908]. Two leaves publisher's inserted advertisements printed in red and black tipped in before three leaves integral advertisements at end; pp.297+[i (blank)]+[vi]; light green cloth ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Some foxing or browning of end-papers; otherwise a virtually fine copy.

This copy as Sullivan, 13B: with fore- and lower- edges trimmed not uncut as in the British Library deposit copy, which he records as 13A

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). Tremendous Trifles. Methuen & Co., 1909. Light red matt cloth ruled and lettered gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Cloth very slightly faded, and a little bubbled; otherwise a very nice copy.

Sullivan 16.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). Five Types: A Book of Essays. Arthur L. Humphreys, 1910. Med.16mo, in half sheets; half-title, and illustrated title-page precede letterpress title-page printed in red and black; five engraved head pieces and one tail piece printed in sepia on India paper and laid on; blank at end; cream self-wrappers printed in black on front wrapper, French folded over plain white boards; a.e. uncut. Virtually fine copy in publisher's blue paper covered slip-case with cream paper label printed in black on front panel.

First edition under this title. Essays selected from the 1902 volume ‘Twelve Types'. Sullivan, 4, refers.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). Alarms and Discursions. Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1910. F'cap 8vo; scarlet cloth lettered gilt on spine and front cover, ruled gilt on front cover, blocked gilt extra on spine; t.e.g., others rough trimmed. Gilt rather rubbed on spine; otherwise a very nice copy of a difficult title.

Sullivan 20.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). William Blake. Duckworth & Co., N.D. [1910]. F'cap 8vo; full-colour frontispiece and thirty-one full-page illustrations in black and white, on text-paper; integral advertisement leaf at end; light brown boards blocked and lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Slight wear to covers; gilt oxydised on spine; half-title foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Sullivan 21. Sullivan does not record this binding.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHESTERTON (G.K.).]. The English Agricultural Labourer By the Rev. A.H. Baverstock With an Introduction by G.K. Chesterton. The Vineyard Press, A.C. Fifield, 13 Clifford's Inn, 1912. Half-title not called for; fawn wrappers printed in carmine inside and out, cut flush. Slight embrowning of wrappers, but a nice copy.

Sullivan 258.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The Victorian age In literature. London, Williams and Norgate, N.D. [1913]. F'cap 8vo; half-title with series title on verso; pp.256; 8pp. inserted series advertisements at end; lime green vertical ribbed diaper cloth, ruled blind on sides, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered blind on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. green. Very nice copy.

Issued in February 1913 as volume 70 in the Home University Library, the advertisements listing this as the latest volume available, without reviews. A revised edition was published in February 1914. Sullivan 29 (and Supplement). Sullivan describes the first edition as issued with three versions of the advertisements: one giving the series up to volume 60 and listing this title as ‘in preparation' (and which was in fact prepared in September 1912); the second as here; and the third listing this volume as the latest available, but with reviews. We disagree with Sullivan's arrangement of the issues here. The fact that the present advertisements were replaced so rapidly suggests that they must have run out quite soon after publication and that they were therefore printed only in small quantities, allowing for the constant possibility of update. The use of advertisements left over from some six months earlier suggests to us not that they were worked off first, in place of the latest ones, but that they were used to fill a gap between the exhaustion of the current advertisements and the availability of those bearing the reviews - on the principle that to advertise some books was preferable to advertising none at all - and we would therefore regard the present issue as the probable first one.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The Barbarism of Berlin. Cassell and Company, Ltd, 1914. F'cap 16mo, printed in half-sheets; crimson wrappers printed outside in black, cut flush; issued without end-papers. Half-inch piece torn from wrappers at tail of spine, where price has ben removed, and small chip from back lower corner; first and last leaf lightly foxed; otherwise a nice copy.

Sullivan 33.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). [Cover title:] "Everyman" Belgian Relief and Reconstruction Fund: The martyrdom Of Belgium. An appeal By G.K. Chesterton. One penny. All Donations in money should be sent to The Treasurer, 21 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, N.D. [c.1915]. Demy 8vo, one half sheet, text printed in red and black throughout, final page advertisements (for Everyman magazine, and books by its editor issued by other publishers); wire-stitched into text-paper wrappers, printed on front wrapper in red and black. Staples slightly rusted; otherwise a fine copy of a rare pamphlet.

Not in Sullivan.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). A short history Of England. Chatto & Windus, 1917. Blank before half-title; imprint leaf at end; light red cloth blocked gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e. green, lower-edges rough-trimmed. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

Sullivan 43.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHESTERTON (G.K.).]. The Song of Roland Done into English, in the original measure By Charles Scott Moncrieff. With an Introduction By G.K. Chesterton And a Note on Technique By George Saintsbury. London: Chapman & Hall, Ltd., 1919. Demy 8vo; leaf blank but for signature mark ‘A' precedes half-title; pp.xxii+131+[i (blank)]; mottled light red buckram, paper spine label printed in black and red. Slight fading of cloth; red of label faded; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Chesterton's Introduction occupies pp.ix - xii. Sullivan, 293.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHESTERTON (G.K.).]. Life in Old Cambridge: Illustrations of English History [by] M.E. Monckton Jones. With Preface by G.K. Chesterton. Maps and illustrations. Cambridge, W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., 1920. Sm.cr.8vo; two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; maps and illustrations on text-paper; cream wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in green and black, in black on back wrapper (with publisher's advertisements), and up spine. Backstrip a little chipped at head and tail; that, and adjacent edges of wrappers darkened; otherwise a fine copy. Scarce.

Sullivan, 298. Chesterton's Introduction occupies pp.xiii-xviii.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The superstition Of divorce. Chatto & Windus, 1920. Blue-black smooth cloth, lettered pink on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges rough-trimmed. Fine copy in frayed and torn dust-wrapper strengthened with brown paper on verso.

Sullivan 47.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The End of the Roman Road: A Pageant Of Wayfarers. Illustrated by T.H. Robinson. Preface by A. St. John Adcock. ("Out and Away" Series). The Classic Press, 18, Tooks Court, 1924. Sm.f'cap 8vo, in half-sheets; blank before half-title, final blank; coloured frontispiece; headpiece to each page in black and white; light greeny blue rough cloth, lettered gilt on front cover; fore- and lower- edges uncut; end-papers printed with marbling in grey-green. Spine slightly faded, otherwise a nice copy.

From the library of John Gloag, and bearing his signed ownership inscription dated ‘April 3rd 1924' on the front end-paper. Sullivan, 58A.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The superstitions Of the Sceptic. With a Correspondence between the Author and Mr. G.G. Coulton. Cambridge, W. Heffer & Sons Ltd., 1925. Pp.[vi]+50; hammered cream wrappers printed in green, yapped edges; issued without end-papers. Wrappers foxed, edges and outside leaves lightly so; otherwise a fine copy.

Issued as No.1 of the I.D.K. Club Booklets, under the general editorship of Austin H. Johnson. Sullivan 59.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The Everlasting man. Hodder and Stoughton Limited, N.D. [1925]. Diagonally fine ribbed cerise cloth ruled blind on sides, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Half-title and edges slightly foxed; some very slight fading of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Sullivan 61.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHESTERTON (G.K.).]. Abishag By Alexandre Arnoux Translated by Joyce Davis with a preface By G.K. Chesterton. Thornton Butterworth Limited, 1925. Integral advertisement leaf at end; drab linen grain cloth lettered black on spine. Very slight general wear to covers; label removed from front end-paper; otherwise a nice copy.

Sullivan 327.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHESTERTON (G.K.).]. The change: Essays on the land. By G.C. Heseltine With a foreword by G.K. Chesterton. Sheed & Ward, 31 Paternoster Row, E.C.4, 1927. Diagonally fine ribbed sea-green cloth, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, lettered gilt with gilt-ruled box down spine. Spine slightly faded, and covers somewhat marked; some insect damage to cloth of front joint; internally a nice copy.

Sullivan, 348. Presentation copy from the author, with his initialled holograph inscription on the title-page.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). G.K.C. as M.C.: Being a collection of thirty-Seven introductions By G.K. Chesterton. Selected and edited By J.P. de Fonseka. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1929. Frontispiece portrait by J.H. Dowd; Bibliographical Note leaf followed by imprint leaf at end; purple buckram, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Spine slightly faded; otherwise a very nice copy.

Sullivan, 80A. The first binding.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). St. Thomas Aquinas. Hodder & Stoughton Limited, September 1933. F'cap 8vo; final blank; light blue beaded linen grain cloth, blocked blind on front cover and spine, blocked with publisher's monogram and lettered black on spine. Spine slightly dull and darkened; otherwise a nice copy.

Sullivan, 94. Issued uniform with the publisher's People's Library series, but not overtly belonging to it. "St Thomas Acquinas is his greatest single intellectual achievement." - John Raymond, quoted Sullivan, Chesterton Continued, p.xiii.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The resurrection Of Rome. Hodder and Stoughton, Limited, 1934. Woodcut vignette on title-page, and numerous woodcut illustrations on text-paper, by Bip Pares; final blank; grey cloth, lettered black, and with black double ruled boxes on front cover and spine. Slight fading of spine; otherwise a near-fine copy.

First illustrated edition. Sullivan 85 refers. Excellently printed, upon fine paper, and with striking woodcuts, this edition, except for the casing, is a far better production than the original edition of 1930. It is odd that it was actually issued as the ‘Cheap Edition', at less than half the price! Part of a ‘uniform', but undesignated, series.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). As I was saying: A book of essays. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1936. F'cap 8vo; blank before half-title; imprint leaf, followed by blank, at end; navy blue buckram, ruled and lettered blind on front cover, ruled, lettered, and blocked gilt on spine; t.e.g., fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Very light damp marking of covers; otherwise a fine copy.

Sullivan, 100.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The common man. Sheed and Ward, 1950. Lge.16mo; final blank; pp.vi+279+[iii]; light violet rough cloth lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

Sullivan 108. Advance copy, with the review slip loosely laid in giving the publisher's address as 110/111 Fleet Street, and the scheduled date of issue as 29th September 1950.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHESTERTON (G.K.). The common man. Sheed and Ward, 1950. Lge.16mo; final blank; blue cloth lettered gilt on spine. Gilt a little rubbed; inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy.

Sullivan 108.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHOLMONDELEY (Mary). Moth and rust. Together with Geoffrey's Wife and The Pitfall. London, John Murray, Albemarle Street, 1902. Blank before half-title; title-page printed in red and black; 4pp. integral advertisements followed by imprint leaf and blank at end; pp.[xii]+312+[iv]+[1]+[iii]; mottled light greenish grey rough buckram, blocked white and gilt on front cover, white on spine, lettered and with short rule gilt on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded and marked and white enamel badly rubbed; white enamel on front cover a little chipped; a little foxing of edges, end-papers, and some prelims; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 552. Sadleir remarks on the scarcity of all of Mary Cholmondeley's books, adding: ‘Thanks to the Bentley file, and to the presence in a bookshop of a number of novels from the library of Mr Edward Dent (among them several of the later Cholmondeleys), I have been able to reach a high level. Specimens seen elsewhere could be numbered on one hand, and were far from attractive.'

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHOLMONDELEY (Mary). Red pottage. Illustrated by A. Rackham. London: George Newnes, Limited, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C. This edition is published by arrangement with Mr. Edward Arnold, 37, Bedford Street, Strand, London, the owner of the copyright, N.D. [late December, 1903]. Double sq.demy 16mo, wire stitched; half-title not called for; leaf of commercial advertisements precedes half-tone frontispiece; one half-tone plate; title, Contents, and list of Illustrations leaves with commercial advertisements on verso; 20pp. commercial and publisher's advertisements at end, some included in the pagination, and incorporating an anonymous short story; pp.[ii]+210+[xii]; glazed white wrappers, cut flush, printed on front wrapper in dark blue and tan, the design including an illustration presumably by Rackham; on spine, back and inside wrappers in dark blue, the back and inside wrappers bearing commercial advertisements. Wrappers somewhat chipped, not affecting the illustration; advertisement leaves somewhat frayed at margins; most gatherings of text lightly embrowned; an adequate copy only of a scarce book.

Issued as a volume in the series ‘Newnes Sixpenny Novels Illustrated', the series title appearing on the front wrapper. The advertisements list the series to Volume 140 without including this title, which is presumably, therefore Volume 141. The first illustrated edition of a book that appeared originally in 1899.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHOLMONDELEY (Mary). The lowest rung. Together with the hand on The latch, St. Luke's summer And the understudy. John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1908. Integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.182+[ii]; mottled greenish buff linen grain cloth, elaborately blocked dark green and white, ruled and lettered dark green, on front cover and spine. Slight marking of covers, but a nice copy.

Sadleir, 551; one of only three titles never found by Wolff, who described his collection as "otherwise remarkable". Sadleir describes all of Mary Cholmondeley's books as "extraordinarily difficult to find": he was lucky in obtaining the Bentley file copies, plus a good collection of the later works, all from a single source. Includes a delightful Preface, not without interest to feminists, beginning: "I have been writing books for five-and-twenty years, novels of which I believe myself to be the author, in spite of the fact that I have been assured over and over again that they are not my own work. When I have on several occasions ventured to claim them, I have seldom been believed, which seems the more odd as, when others have claimed them, they have been believed at once. Before I put my name to them they were invariably considered to be, and reviewed as, the work of a man; and for years after I had put my name to them various men have been mentioned to me as the real author." The long title story is a tale of morphia addiction written somewhat after the manner of Kipling (but a definitely female Kipling!); ‘The Understudy' is a tale with a background of the theatre.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHOLMONDELEY (Mary). Under one roof: A family record. John Murray, Albemarle Street, W., 1918. Super roy 16mo in half-sheets; two blanks at front and back, serving as paste-downs, frontispiece on text-paper after a sketch by Hester Cholmondeley; pp.[4]+[xviii (including frontispiece)]+166+[4]; mottled mauve fine linen-effect cloth, ruled blind on front cover, lettered dark blue on front cover and spine, blocked pictorially dark blue on front cover after a design by Hester Cholmondeley. Spine faded; otherwise a nice copy.

Sadleir, 558; one of only three titles never found by Wolff, who described his collection as "otherwise remarkable". Sadleir describes all of Mary Cholmondeley's books as "extraordinarily difficult to find": he was lucky in obtaining the Bentley file copies, plus a good collection of the later works, all from a single source. The volume concludes with a section of verse by Hester Cholmondeley.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHURCH (Richard). Down River. Illustrated by Laurence Irving. Heinemann, 1958. Blank before half-title; frontispiece and nine plates printed in red, black, and blue; blue boards lettered gilt on spine. Front fre end-paper excised, otherwise a fine copy in a torn dust-wrapper.

Juvenile.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHURCHILL (Sir Winston S.). The British Gazette: Complete reproduction in Miniature. A Souvenir of the General Strike. Luton, N.D. [1926]. Demy 4to, wire stitched as a single gathering; pp.32; fawn wrappers, printed in dark violet and marina blue on front. Staples rusted, small scuff mark on front cover, and two small rust spots affecting last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy. Rare.

During the General Strike ‘The British Gazette' was published, under Churchill's editorship, to combat the closing down of the newspaper offices. It was printed by a volunteer staff and published by His Majesty's Stationery Office. From the third issue, and thereafter, day by day, the ‘Luton News' and associated journals reproduced all four pages of the ‘Gazette' on one of its news pages from photographically made facsimile blocks. The present volume represents the first collected edition of the ‘Gazette', and consists of a page for page reduced facsimile reproduction of all eight issues of the newspaper. It is very much less commonly met with than runs of the original individual issues, having been printed only in relatively small numbers. Although no material in the ‘Gazette' is signed by Churchill, at least one article "The Birth and Life of ‘The British Gazette'" (in the final issue) can safely be attributed to him.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHURCHILL (Winston). [Cover title:] A Speech by The Prime Minister The right honourable Winston Churchill In the House of Commons August 20th, 1940. Number One. No place, at end of text:] 8/40, The Baynard Press. One gathering, super roy. 8vo, wire stitched; prelims. not called for; pale grey wrappers, cut flush, front wrapper printed dark brown; isued without end-papers. Wrappers very slightly faded and foxed; otherwise fine.

The ‘Never in the field of human conflict' speech.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHURCHILL (the Right Hon. Winston S., O.M., C.H., M.P.). Secret session Speeches. Compiled by Charles Eade. Cassell and Company Ltd., London, Toronto, Melbourne and Sydney, 1946. Demy 8vo; 9pp. facsimiles in text; eight double-sided half-tone plates; pp.96; grey-green rough buckram, ruled gilt on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges; otherwise a fine copy in foxed dust-wrapper rather chipped and frayed at head and tail of spine.

The seventh and final volume of Churchill's War Speeches, issued separately. The first state of the dust-wrapper, the proposed publication price of 7/6 net on the dust-wrapper being blocked out, and the actual publication price of 6/- net substituted. Woods, A114, not mentioning the dust-wrapper.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHURCHILL (Winston S.). The Second world war. Volume I The gathering storm [II Their finest hour; III The Grand Alliance; IV The hinge of fate; V Closing the ring; VI Triumph and Tragedy] Cassell & Co. Ltd, London . Toronto . Melbourne . Sydney . Wellington, 1948 [1949; 1950; 1951; 1952; 1954]. Sm.double demy 16mo; blank before half-title in volumes II - VI (none called for in volume I); final blank in volumes II and VI; volume I with Author's Note slip tipped in facing p.viii, inset leaf and slip of Errata and Corrigenda facing p.610, numerous maps and diagrams in text, some printed in red and black, and folding map facing p.496; volume II with numerous maps and diagrams in text, some printed in red, blue, and black, and three folding maps; volume III with three facsimiles, and numerous maps and diagrams in text, some printed in red, blue, and black, and three folding maps; volume IV with one integral and one large folding facsimile, and numerous maps and diagrams in text, some printed in red and black, and four folding maps; volume V with one large folding facsimile, and numerous maps and diagrams in text, some printed in red, blue, and black, and three folding maps; volume VI numerous maps and diagrams in text, some printed in red and black, and eleven folding maps; pp.[xvi]+640; [xviii]+[684]+[ii]; xviii+818; xviii+917+[i]; xviii+673+[i]; xviii+716+[ii]; black cloth lettered gilt on spine; t.e. red; end-papers printed with lion and author's initials pattern white through grey. Red of top-edges faded; some insignificant foxing of edges; otherwise a fine set in very nice dust-wrappers.

Woods, A123(b), failing to note the folding map to face p.142 in volume IV. The first English edition. The American edition appeared slightly earlier, but was without any of the folding maps and plans, had the integral ones printed in black only, and, importantly, did not present the author's finally approved text. The English edition is therefore greatly to be preferred.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CHURCHILL (Winston S.). Winston S. Churchill, War correspondent, 1895 - 1900. Edited by Frederick Woods. Brassey's (UK), (A Member of the Maxwell Macmillan Group), London, Oxford, Washington, New York, 1992. Double med.16mo; maps in text; pp.xxxii+355+[i (blank)]; black fine cloth-textured boards down-lettered on spine and with ISBN on back cover, gilt. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy from the editor to Desmond Flower, with Woods' holograph inscription, signed ‘Fred' on the front end-paper and a brief initialled holograph note referring to his later book, ‘Artillery of Words' loosely laid in. Apparently a revised edition of the volume edited by Woods in 1974, ‘Young Winston's Wars'. The verso of the title leaf in the present volume declares it to be a ‘new revised edition' without giving any further details whatever - which is odd considering Woods' role as Churchill's bibliographer! Includes a Foreword dated 21 June 1991 by a later Winston S. Churchill, here first published.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[CHURCHILL (Sir Winston).]. Artillery of words: The writings of Sir Winston Churchill By Frederick Woods. Leo Cooper, London, 1992. Double med.16mo; pp.[viii]+184; black fine cloth-textured boards blocked with publisher's device, lettered, and downlettered, gilt, on spine. Virtually fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Presentation copy to Desmond Flower ("in a very real sense / the onlie begetter"), with the author's holograph inscription on the front end-paper, dated 29 ii 92, and signed ‘Fred'. Makes claim to be the first serious study of Churchill's writings.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CLARK (Leonard). [On front cover:] Who killed The bears? [On back cover:] 1964, Printed and Published by The Forest of Dean Newspapers Ltd., Gloucestershire, England. One half-sheet sm.cr.8vo of cream paper, wire stitched into cream thin card wrappers, cut flush, printed on front panel in orange and with an illustration signed ‘Pepper' in grey-green, on back cover in grey-green. Fine copy. Scarce.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CLEEVE (Lucas i.e., Adeline Georgina Kingscote). The Purple of the Orient. London, John Long, 6 Chandos Street, Strand, N.D. [1902] (All rights reserved). 3pp. integral advertisements dated September 1902 and integral blank, followed by publisher's inserted 24pp. Catalogue printed in red and black, undated, but not including this title and listing ‘His Italian Wife' by the same author as ‘Shortly', at end; scarlet vertically fine-ribbed cloth, lettered within ruled boxes, all gilt, on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough-trimmed. Virtually fine copy. Scarce.

Dedicated ‘To the Jews of the whole world'. The mention in the Catalogue of ‘His Italian Wife' as ‘Shortly' dates it to April or May 1902, in the latter of which months it was in fact published. The present work was published in September.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COCTEAU (Jean). Essai de Critique Indirecte Le Mystere Laic. Des Beaux Arts Consideres comme un Assassinat. Precede d'une introduction par Bernard Grasset. With a frontispiece. Bernard Grasset (le neuvieme cahier de la deuxieme serie ‘Pour mon plaisir'), 1932. Self-wrappers; very nice copy in dust-wrapper.

One of 2,000 numbered copies on Alfa.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COCTEAU (Jean). La Difficulte d'Etre. First trade edition, Morihien, 1947. Wrappers, slightly frayed at foot of spine; scoring neatly removed from one or two margins; otherwise a very nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COHEN (Leonard). Book of mercy. Jonathan Cape, 1984. Demy 8vo format, perfect bound; 112pp. unpaginated; glazed white card wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in brown and black; issued without end-papers. Fine copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLERIDGE (Hartley). Essays On parties in poetry and On the character of Hamlet. With an Introduction by John Drinkwater. Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1925. Two blanks at end serving as end-papers; white boards printed in brown, white label printed in black on front cover; fore-edges uncut. Slight wear to spine, otherwise a near-fine unopened copy.

The first edition with this Introduction. Drinkwater Memorial Exhibition catalogue, p.50. Issued as a volume in the series ‘Little Nineteenth Century Essays'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLERIDGE (M.E.). Non sequitur. James Nisbet & Co., Ltd., 1900. Final blank; sage green buckram, blocked with an art nouveau design in dark green, lettered gilt within gilt ruled box on front cover, lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g., others uncut. Green enamel rubbed, spine darkened, back cover marked; otherwise a nice copy.

Walter de la Mare's copy with his pencil signature on the front end-paper.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLERIDGE (M.E.). The fiery dawn. London, Edward Arnold, 37 Bedford Street, Strand, 1901 (All rights reserved). Pp.viii+360; vertucally fine-ribbed very dark green cloth, lettered gilt within gilt-ruled boxes on front cover and spine; fore- and lower- edges uncut. Some light scattered foxing; back end-papers cracked; otherwise a nice copy.

A difficult title.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLERIDGE (M.E.). The lady on the Drawingroom floor. Edward Arnold, 41 & 43, Maddox Street, Bond Street, W., 1906. Pp.[iv]+283+[i (blank)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated October, 1906; mottled light yellowish sea-green cloth, blocked pictorially black and white on front cover, lettered black on front cover and spine; fore-edges rough trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Spine slightly faded, and with vertical crease; very slight cracking of end-papers; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

The author's last novel, and the last of her books to be published in her lifetime. CBEL, III, p.336.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLETTE [(Sidonie-Gabrielle Claudine, later COLETTE-WILLY).]. L'envers Du Music-hall. Dessins en couleurs d'Henri Mirande Gravés sur bois par Hermine Mayéras. Le livre moderne illustré, J. Ferenczi et fils, Éditeurs, 9, rue Antoine-Chantin, Paris (14ø), 1929. Sq.8vo; blank before half-title; colophon leaf, blank on verso, followed by blank at end; woodcut vignette on title, and numerous illustrations on text-paper, some full-page, unbacked, and printed in black and light brown, but all included in the pagination; pp.172+[i]+[iii]; buff paper wrappers printed outside in black and light brown; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Slight wear to paper of spine at head and tail; otherwise a virtually fine partly unopened, copy.

Printed "sur papier alfa outhenin chalandre".

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLLINS (Wilkie). The Lady of Glenwith Grange. Atlantis, 1947. Narrow sm.8vo, printed on antique-toned paper; half-title printed in green and black; title-page printed in red and black; blank at end; pp.[iv]+54+[ii]; antique-toned self-wrappers printed in green and black, French-folded over plain antique-toned paper wrappers; wax-paper dust-wrapper. Fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper. Scarce.

Designed by Michael Swan, and printed at The Curwen Press. The first separate edition. V. Marshall, Wilkie Collins, p.143.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLLINS (W. Wilkie). The victims of circumstances Discovered in records of old trials. The Wilkie Collins Society, [London,] November 1992. Sq.demy 8vo format, 16pp. wire-stabbed as a single gathering into text-paper wrappers, cut flush, printed outside in black, the front and back wrappers bearing facsimiles of the wrappers of the two relevant issues of the ‘Boy's Own Paper'; half-title not called for; portrait frontispiece on verso of title-page; the Collins text a reduced facsimile of the original English magazine appearance, including four illustrations; limitation leaf followed by three blanks at end. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 100 copies. Printed on paper watermarked ‘conqueror'. The first separate publication of two articles originally printed in the U.S.A. in ‘Youth's Companion' in August 1886, and reprinted in England in the 23rd October 1886 and 26 February 1887 issues of the ‘Boy's Own Paper', from which the present text is reproduced as a reduced facsimile. Includes a one-page introduction (signed in type ‘APG') by Andrew Gasson.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLLINS (W. Wilkie). A little fable. The Wilkie Collins Society, [London,] July 1996. A5 format, 8pp. wire-stabbed as a single gathering into text-paper wrappers, cut flush; one illustration and two facsimiles of Collins's ms. on text-paper. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 200 copies. Printed on paper watermarked ‘conqueror'. The first publication of this fragment. Includes a one-page introduction (signed in type ‘APG') by Andrew Gasson.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLLINS (W. Wilkie). [Cover title:] A pictorial tour to St. George Bosherville. [On verso:] The Wilkie Collins Society, [London,] November 1996. A5 format, 24pp. wire-stabbed as a single gathering into text-paper wrappers, cut flush; one illustration on text-paper. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 300 copies. Printed on paper watermarked ‘conqueror'. The first separate appearance of a piece contributed to ‘Bentley's Miscellany' in May 1851, and never otherwise reprinted. Includes a one-page introduction by Paul Lewis.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLLINS (W. Wilkie). [Cover title:] The exhibition Of the Royal Academy. [On verso:] The Wilkie Collins Society, [London,] March 1999. A5 format, 12pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering into text-paper wrappers, cut flush; Correction slip loosely laid-in, as issued. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 300 copies. The first separate appearance of a piece contributed to ‘Bentley's Miscellany' in June 1851, and never otherwise reprinted. Includes a two-page introduction by P[aul] L[ewis].

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[COLLINS (W. Wilkie).]. Rambles Around Marylebone By William M. Clarke Author of "The Secret Life of Wilkie Collins" Published by The Wilkie Collins Society, [London,] Copyright William M. Clarke, 1994. A5 format, 8pp. wire-stitched as a single gathering into thin card wrappers, cut flush; full-colour postcard portrait of Collins after Millais loosely laid in; half-title not called for; portrait of Collins after a wood-engraving on verso of title-page; double-spread map facsimile, one illustration, and one plan. Fine copy.

One of an edition limited to 400 copies, numbered and signed by the author.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLUM (Padraic). Studies. Being Number Two of the Tower Press Booklets Second Series. Maunsel & Co., Ltd., 96 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin, 1907. Roy.16mo, in quarter sheets; last leaf a single inset; pp.50; pale blue wrappers printed dark blue on front and inside covers, yapped edges; a.e. uncut; issued without end-papers. Paper of covers faded, yapped edges slightly frayed; half-title and last leaf foxed; otherwise a nice copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[COLUM (Padraic).]. The regent library: Oliver Goldsmith. Herbert & Daniel, 95 New Bond Street, W., N.D. [1913]. F'cap 8vo; photogravure frontispiece printed in reddish brown; title-page printed in black and red; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.xx+345+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; mottled whitish-fawn buckram, ruled and blocked blind on sides, blocked with publisher's monogram device blind on back cover, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; end-papers printed in series style in pale lime green. Fine copy in minutely frayed dust-wrapper.

Extracts, with an Introduction, etc., by Colum.

   Click to view image   


Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COLWIN (Laurie). Dangerous French Mistress And Other Stories. 1975, Chatto & Windus. Two blanks before half-title, two at end, serving as end-papers; deep pink boards, lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (Ivy). Dolores. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1911. All rights reserved. Final blank; pp.[iv]+330+[ii]; bright light blue linen-grain cloth, blocked with publisher's monogram device and lettered, black, on back cover, blocked black, lettered gilt, on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight patchy fading to covers; rubber-stamp on verso of title-page (v. note); insignificant spotting or two or three early leaves, mostly marginal; otherwise a very nice copy.

The ‘colonial issue' identical with the British issue except for the back cover, which has added above and below the publisher's device, and justified with it, the words ‘ONLY FOR CIRCULATION IN INDIA' and ‘AND BRITISH COLONIES'. The British issue is extremely scarce, this colonial issue virtually unknown. The author's first book, which she never allowed to be reprinted. The rubber-stamp on the verso of the title-page is that of the ‘South-African-Public-Library' (a circulating Library), and bears the accession date ‘23 MAR 1911'. The british issue was advertised for publication in February.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON BURNETT (I.). Pastors and Masters. A study. Heath Cranton Limited, 6 Fleet Lane London, E.C.4, 1925. Blank before half-title, blank at end; rich brown linen-grain cloth, ruled blind on front cover, black on spine, lettered black on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Slight mottling of covers; ugly inscription on first blank (decently obscured by end-paper); otherwise a fine copy in slightly nicked dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Brothers and Sisters. Heath Cranton Limited, 6 Fleet Lane, 1929. Sm.cr.8vo; pp.239+[i (blank)]; dark red buckram, ruled and lettered dark emerald green on front cover and spine; lower-edges rough trimmed. Fine copy in slightly frayed and chipped dust-wrapper.

Ivy Compton-Burnett's third book. The probable second issue, copies also being known blocked in a lighter lime green and with the lower-edges uncut instead of rough-trimmed. In our experience, together with ‘Dolores', the author's scarcest book. Connolly, Modern Movement, 63.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). A house and its head. William Heinemann Ltd, 1935. Final blank; pp.[vi]+287+[iii]; blue rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine. Slight foxing of edges and prelims.; small light stain on back end-paper; otherwise a nice copy of a very scarce title.

Said to have been Constance Spry's copy, but without signs of ownership.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Elders and betters. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 14 Henrietta Street Covent Garden, 1944. Double cr.16mo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[ii]+[236]+[ii]; leaf-green rough fine-weave cloth, lettered gilt on spine. Poor quality war-time paper lightly embrowned throughout, as often with this title; otherwise a nice copy in slightly faded and minutely chipped dust-wrapper.

The following errata and typographical flaws have been noted in this copy, as in every copy we have seen: p.38, l.10, ‘the' for ‘they'; p.65, l.34, ‘can't' for ‘can'; p.68, ll.31/2 do not run on as they should, and have closing and opening inverted commas that are redundant; p.121, l.5, single instead of double inverted comma at start of line, and l.32, ‘k' in ‘liked' too heavy; p.194, l.37, ‘then' for ‘than'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Manservant and Maidservant. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1947. Sm.double cr.16mo; pp.243+[i (blank)]; blue cloth, blocked and lettered gilt up spine. Very nice copy in slightly chipped and darkened dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Two worlds And their ways. London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1949. Double cr.16mo; final blank; pale blue-green cloth, lettered brown on spine. Fine copy in slightly darkened dust-wrapper, and (?original) chipped and slightly frayed wax-paper over-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Darkness and day. Victor Gollancz Ltd., 1951. Sm.double cr.16mo; rich brown cloth, lettered black on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed and foxed dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). Mother and son. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1955. Pp.256; dark blue cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in very slightly frayed and dusty dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). The mighty and their Fall. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1961. Double post 16mo; final blank; maroon boards, lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in slightly torn dust-wrapper neatly strengthened on verso.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). A god and his gifts. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Double post 16mo, pefect bound; light brown boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt a trifle oxydised; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

COMPTON-BURNETT (I.). A god and his gifts. Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1963. Double post 16mo, pefect bound; light brown boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Inscription on front end-paper; otherwise a fine copy in dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS MODERN FIRSTS BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File J: Twentieth Century Prose Literature. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

CONNOLLY (Cyril). The condemned Playground. Essays: 1927-1944. Routledge, 1945. Double post 16mo; portrait frontispiece; black buckram lettered gilt on spine. End-papers foxed; ink or pencil scoring on some sixteen pages (v. note below); otherwise a fine copy.

Inscribed on the front end-paper in an unidentified hand ‘En Souvenir / 6. Dec.45 / Sigmund'. The ink scoring is confined to two essays (‘French and English Cultural Relations', and ‘Psycho-Analysis') in both of which Freud is mentioned. Freud died in 1939. Printed throughout on cream-toned paper.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage

[ CLICK HERE TO LOAD NEXT SECTION OF FILE ]