Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. 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 F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HERBERT (Edward G., B.Sc.). Newæra: A Socialist Romance With a chapter on vaccination. London, P.S. King & Son, Orchard House, Westminster, 1910. Demy 8vo; half-title not called for; 28pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.[iv]+212+[28]; mottled lime-green rough buckram, ruled blind, lettered and with short rule whitish pink, on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine. Fine copy.

Presentation copy, with the author's holograph inscription on the front end-paper. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.111: Utopian novel about the founding of a colony along socialist lines on an island.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HERON (E[ustacia]. & H[ildebrand]. [i.e., Katherine O'Brien Pritchard and Vernon Hesketh Pritchard]). Ghost stories. London, C.Arthur Pearson, Limited, Henrietta Street, W.C., 1916. Narrow globe 8vo; integral advertisement leaf at end; pp.viii+117+[i (printer's imprint)]+[ii]; light grey buckram ruled blocked and lettered black on front cover and spine. Poor quality war-time paper lightly embrowned throughout; otherwise a nice copy. Scarce.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.178: "stories featuring Flaxman Low, the first fully fledged occult detective (who preceded John Silence and Carnacki by nearly a decade). The influence of the Sherlock Holmes stories is clearly seen here and there. They were first published in two series of six stories in ‘Pearson's Magazine' (January to June 1898 and 1899 respectively)" - and reprinted as a volume, ‘Ghosts: being the experiences of Flaxman Low' in 1899. The present edition represents the first separate publication of the first series. A copy of the 1899 volume was sold at Sotheby's as part of the A.E.R.M. Stevens collection in December 1996 for £1,900.00 (plus the 15% buyer's premium).

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HERON-MAXWELL (Beatrice). What May Happen: Stories natural and supernatural. London, Francis Griffiths, 435 Strand W.C., 1901. Blank at end followed by tipped-in leaf of publisher's advertisements; pp.[viii]+202+[ii]; light and dark grey-blue linen-patterned fine rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device reddish-brown on back cover, ruled and lettered reddish-brown on front cover, lettered within ruled boxes, gilt, on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut; poor quality laid-paper end-papers. Small snag in cloth on back cover, and cloth a little worn at head and tail of spine; cloth a little faded on spine; some embrowning of end-papers; otherwise a nice copy of a scarce book.

Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'. The advertisements, headed ‘Mr. Francis Griffiths' New List', include this title, without reviews, as published at 3/6d.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HICHENS (Robert). The dweller on The threshold. Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1911. Final blank; 30pp. pub- lisher's catalogue at end dated March 1911; scarlet cloth ruled blind on sides, lettered blind on front cover, lettered and elaborately blocked gilt on spine; fore- and lower- edges rough trimmed. Scattered light foxing, otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed pictorial dust-wrapper. Rare thus.

Psi-fi story with a Jekyll and Hyde theme.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HIGH (Philip E.). Blindfold from The stars. Dennis Dobson, 1979. Lge.16mo; black boards lettered silver down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HILTON (James). Lost Horizon. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1933. 2pp. publisher's advertisements at end dated Autumn 1933; pp.[iv]+281+[i (blank)]+[ii]; light green cloth lettered gilt on spine. Slight general wear to covers, and Boots Library label removed from front cover; internally very nice.

Locke, p.112. The novel that gave the word ‘Shangri-La' to the language.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOBAN (Russell). Pilgermann. Jonathan Cape, 1983. Double demy 16mo; black boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device and 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 F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODDER-WILLIAMS (Christopher). The higher They fly. A novel. Hodder and Stoughton, 1963. Blue boards blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Agent's copy, with their stamp on the front end-paper.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODDER-WILLIAMS (Christopher). Cowards' Paradise. United Writers, Zennor, Cornwall, 1974. Final blank; light sand 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 F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODDER-WILLIAMS (Christopher). The Silent Voice. A novel. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977. Lge 16mo; blue boards lettered gilt down spine. Very nice copy in torn and slightly chipped dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODGART (Matthew). A New Voyage To the Country of the Houyhnhnms: Being the Fifth Part of the Travels into Several Remote Parts of the World by Lemuel Gulliver First a Surgeon and then a Captain Of Several Ships Wherein the Author returns and finds a New State of Liberal Horses and Revolting Yahoos. From an unpublished manuscript Edited, with notes, by Matthew Hodgart, M.A. Sometime Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge. Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd, 3 Henrietta Street, London WC2, 1969. Post 8vo; map frontispiece on verso of half-title; two blanks at end; mock vellum boards, blocked and lettered gilt down spine. Fine copy.

From the library of Anthony Powell, and bearing his book-plate on the front paste-down. The typographical design of the volume, as well as the style and arrangement of the text, provides a parody of the original ‘Gulliver'. Locke, p.113. Apparently a binding variant, Locke's copy being in (somewhat less appropriate) light yellow boards, rather than the ‘new ivory' colour used here.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODGSON (William Hope). The boats of the ‘Glen Carrig': Being an account of their Adventures in the Strange Places of the Earth, after the foundering of the Good ship Glen Carrig through striking upon A hidden rock in the unknown seas to the South- Ward. As told by John Winterstraw, Gent., to His Son James Winterstraw, in the year 1757, And by him committed very properly and Legibly to manuscript. By William Hope Hodgson. London, Chapman and Hall, Ltd., 1907. Sm.cr.8vo; fly-titles to the chapters, included in the pagination; pp.[viii]+312; light red linen-patterned rough buckram, lettered gilt on front cover and spine. Spine slightly faded, and gilt of imprint rubbed; unobtrusive hole (5mm diameter) in cloth on upper corner of front board; unobtrusive original binding fault affecting the lower margins of pp.71/72 and 73/4, leaving a curious pleat of extra paper at the lower gutter of the first leaf, and a corresponding lack to the second; otherwise a nice copy.

The author's first novel, in which he draws largely on his experiences as a seaman - and also demonstrates his considerable aptitude for mimicry, the style here giving off a subtle and convincing odour of the mid eighteenth century in which the tale in set. In this copy the words ‘Glen Carrig' on the covers are hyphenated, apparently as always. Currey, p.[242]; Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.113. "In my experience, the most difficult [to find] of the four Hodgson novels." - Locke. In this copy p.24, l.3, displays a broken letter ‘f' at the end of the line (state or issue significance, if any, undetermined). No errata or other typographical flaws appear to be present.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODGSON (William Hope). The night land: A love tale. By William Hope Hodgson, Author of "The Boats of the ‘Glen Carrig,'" "The House on the Borderland," "The Ghost Pirates," etc. London, Eveleigh Nash, [36 King Street, Covent Garden, London, W.C.,] 1912. Pp.583+[i (printer's imprint)]; publisher's inserted 16pp. List of New Books at end (including this title, without reviews); deep scarlet fine beaded-linen-grain cloth with triple-ruled frame on sides, including between the two innermost rules a wide blind-pressed band border, and within the innermost rule a blind-blocked frame, blocked and lettered gilt on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Gilt largely oxydised on spine; light foxing of prelims. and edges; otherwise a fine, crisp, copy. Very scarce anyway, but rare thus.

Currey p.243 records two bindings "probably simultaneous: (A) Dark blue cloth lettered in gold. Note: Perhaps a special binding for the author. The only examined copy with this imprint and binding bears a signed inscription by Hodgson dated 22 March 1912 (the book was published in April 1912). (B) Red cloth stamped in gold and blind" (as here). He also records copies in blue cloth and in wrappers with variant prelims. which he thinks may have been cancels bound for issue in Bell's Indian and Colonial Library. According to Currey again "The Nash issue carried no advertisements while the Bell issue contains a 16-page publisher's catalogue inserted at the rear." Currey also records pp.243 - 4 a volume with the imprint "London: A.P. Watt & Son 1912" of a volume titled "‘Poems' and ‘The Dream of X'" which is only known as a British Library deposit copy (datestamped ‘2 Feb 1912') and a similar volume of the same date bearing the imprint "New York: R. Harold Paget 1912" also known only from the copy deposited in the Library of Congress. Currey states of this: "‘The Dream of X' is a rewritten revised and condensed version of ‘The Night Land'." Currey is evidently mistaken in the assumptions he makes almost throughout. It is inconceivable in the first place that a "rewritten revised and condensed version of ‘The Night Land'" should have been issued by a different London publisher a little over two months before Nash's published the longer version and that it should then have disappeared except for a deposit copy the very same thing happening simultaneously in the U.S.A. Furthermore if a revised version had been available to be printed during January it is that version that Nash would have published in April. It is unlikely that they especially wanted a 583-page book which was far longer than most of the novels they usually produced. It is obvious also that the Watt version was never actually published. Messrs. A.P. Watt & Sons were not publishers but literary agents as was R. Harold Paget: the texts submitted by both to their repective copyright deposit libraries were evidently deposited to safeguard the copyright and for no other reason and it was not necessary for this purpose to deposit the full text: a shorter text was less expensive to print and the full text may not at that point have been set. Hodgson's final text was that published by Nash. Secondly with regard to the several issue variants it should be noted that Bell's Colonial editions were intended for simultaneous issue with the corresponding English editions and were therefore printed in advance of them to allow time for distribution. The prelims. in the Bell issues were thus not cancels but contained a state of the prelims. that by the binding-up of the Nash issues had been revised. We hypothesise also that the blue-cloth copy supplied to the author was a specimen binding based on the colonial binding sent to the publishers of the English issues for advance distribution before the details of their own binding had been finalised: it does not constitute a ‘published state' and is unlikely to have been a special binding for the author - rather merely the best that could be done by the third week in March. Finally the Bell edition had 16pp. publisher's advertisements bound in at the end as does the copy offered here. Currey states that the Nash edition was issued without advertisements which is evidently wrong. It is also evident that the ‘List of New Books' in the present copy is a list of forthcoming publications not of books that have already appeared: none of them are listed with reviews. It is probable therefore that copies with the catalogue present at the end have precedence of copies issued without. Locke ‘Spectrum' pp.114 - 5 listing a copy similar to this. It might be worth while since it is evidently scarce to record the publisher's description of this novel from the catalogue at the end: "‘The Night Land' is a love story set about with stupendous desolation. It is an attempt to tell the Epic of the End and gives a tremendous picture of the stand of the Last Millions of the Humans in the Last Redoubt. The hero a man of exceptional gifts believes his Love to be in peril of annihilation by the Evil Forces and Monsters that inhabit the wild night country and he sets off alone into the Night Land to rescue her." Apart from the Grafton paperback of 1990 this is the only printing of the complete text: a drastically abridged hardcover edition was issued in 1921 and ‘The Dream of X' in a limited edition in 1977. "One of the most potent pieces of Macabre imagination ever written" (H.P. Lovecraft) and one of the key novels mentioned by C.S. Lewis in his lecture ‘On Science Fiction' (Cambridge 1955) in which he argues: "[works of science fiction] are actual additions to life; they give like certain rare dreams sensations we never had before and enlarge our conceptions of the range of possible experience..." In this copy the following typographical faults have been noted (state or issue significance if any undetermined): p.15 l.32 raised ‘r' in ‘further'; p.29 l.15 ‘y' of ‘why' raised; p.66 l.30 ‘newly hungry' printed faintly; p.195 l.25 battered ‘n' at start of line; p.313 l.18 broken ‘t' at start of line; p.347 l.12 battered ‘h' at start of line.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODGSON (William Hope). The Ghost pirates By William Hope Hodgson Author of "The Boats of the ‘Glen Carraig'" "The House on the Borderland". With a frontispiece by Sidney H. Sime. London, Stanley Paul & Co., 1 Clifford's Inn, Temple Bar, 1909. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece; pp.276; publisher's inserted Catalogue, 12pp., undated, at end, advertising this title on page 3, without reviews, under the heading ‘Stanley Paul's newest novels'; light olive green buckram blocked on front cover within a ruled frame with the title, a two line quotation, and the author's name, all in black, ruled black, lettered gilt, on spine; fore-edges rough-trimmed, lower-edges uncut. Cloth of spine uniformly darkened to deep apple green, and sides a little mottled as usual with the volume (v. note); insignificant scratch to cloth of spine, and title-page a little foxed at margins; a handful of small fox-spots on edges; otherwise a fine, bright, copy.

‘This book forms the last of three. The first published was "The Boats of the ‘Glen Carrig'"; the second "The House on the Borderland"; this the third completes what perhaps may be termed a trilogy; for though very different in scope each of the three books deals with certain conceptions that have an elemental kinship. With this book the author believes that he closes the door so far as he is concerned on a particular phase of constructive thought.' - Author's Preface. Generally recognised as the best of the author's novels artistically. Both Locke ‘Spectrum' p.114 and Currey p.243 record that the first issue of the book was in red cloth on the basis in Locke's case of an author's presentation copy and in Currey's of the deposit copies: but green was the usual colour for Stanley Paul volumes at this date and we suspect that copies in red cloth were never regularly issued but were advance or author's copies and may reflect a desire on Hodgson's part to have the volume in the same colour cloth as the other novels of the ‘trilogy'. Locke's further reason for supposing that copies in red cloth were primary was that his copy in red cloth had the lower edges untrimmed whilst the green copies he had seen were in boards rather than cloth and had all edges trimmed. Such copies were certainly secondary but do not correspond to that here offered which is in cloth with the lower-edges untrimmed and the fore-edges rough-trimmed. Currey likewise does not record this issue: the copies he records in green cloth having the spine lettered in gold and black (though this may be an error of description). Currey does not mention the trimming of the edges. The cloth of the present copy like all copies in green cloth that we have seen has the spine and turnsover of the cloth at head and tail of spine and on the boards uniformly deep apple green and the sides light olive green variously mottled apple-green. The distribution is at first sight puzzling and the colour variation cannot be regarded as fading since the sides - and the turnover at the tail of the spine - are the portions of the cloth least liable to have been exposed to sunlight. The answer can only be non-photochemical oxydation - the sides being more or less protected whilst the turnsover of the cloth were not - and in this case the base colour of the sides must represent the original colour of the cloth. "A ship bearing a mysterious curse slips into a hinterland between parallel worlds where it becomes vulnerable to assault by bestial creatures from the other universe. Credibility is assured by virtue of the author's long experience at sea and the suspense is handled with great skill. Though far less striking in its imagery than The House on the Borderland (1908) it is superior in terms of its internal coherency and is one of the great weird novels."- Barron (ed) Horror Literature 3-91. "Vivid filled with the minutiae of a sailing vessel this is one of the great sea novels. While in a sense it is derivative from The Inheritors by Conrad and Hueffer it is highly original in detail and well done. Although it is overshadowed as visionary horror by the more spectacular The House on the Borderland and The Night Land as a work of art it is finer."- Bleiler The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 816. Ashley Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction pp. 94-5; Sullivan (ed) The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural pp. 203-04; Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II pp. 601 - 4; Tymn (ed) Horror Literature 3-105; Reginald 7282. In this copy the following typographical flaws have been noted (significance of state if any undetermined) all risen spaces: p.11 l.1 of text after ‘Chaunty'; p.92 l.2 after ‘may'; p.157 last line after ‘one;'; p.165 l.1 after ‘after'; p.168 l.21 after ‘as'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HODGSON (William Hope). Carnacki The Ghost-Finder. Mycroft and Moran, Sauk City, Wisconsin, 1947. Lge.16mo; colophon leaf at end; black buckram blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Gilt slightly chipped, otherwise a fine copy in slightly frayed dust-wrapper.

One of 3,000 copies. Currey, p.242. Locke, p.114. The first complete edition containing nine stories, as against the six of the original edition.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOLT-WHITE (W.). The man who stole The Earth. T. Fisher Unwin, 1909. Leaf blank except for signature mark ‘a' precedes half-title; full colour frontispiece, by Arch Webb, with tissue guard; title-page printed in red and black; blank at end; pp.382+[ii]; cerise buckram, ruled and lettered black and with paper onlay printed in full colour on front cover, lettered and with short rule gilt on spine. End-papers and edges foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.115, recording a copy with the front cover lettered in gilt and without the ruling. Locke also fails to mention the final blank.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HORLER (Sydney). The Devil Comes To Bolobyn. Percival Marshall, 1951. Brown cloth blocked and lettered black on spine. Fine copy in chipped and frayed dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUGHTON (Claude). This was Ivor Trent. William Heinemann Ltd, 1935. Blank before half-title, two blanks at end; black cloth ruled and lettered blind on front cover, ruled and blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover, ruled blind and lettered red on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper slightly chipped on spine.

The first issue. The pages are 185mm tall.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUGHTON (Claude). This was Ivor Trent. William Heinemann Ltd, 1935. Blank before half-title, two blanks at end; black buckram, lettered gilt on spine. Near fine copy.

The second issue, with Times Book Club label on back end-paper. The pages are 180mm tall.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUGHTON (Claude). Christina. William Heinemann Ltd, 1936. Black cloth, ruled blind on sides and spine, lettered blind on front cover, red on spine, blocked with publisher's device blind on back cover. Covers a little marked, and end-papers renewed, but a good copy.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUGHTON (Claude). Transformation Scene. Collins, 14 St. James's Place, 1946. Pp.256; salmon pink cloth lettered gilt on spine. Gilt oxydised; name neatly obliterated on front end-paper, otherwise a very nice copy in slightly frayed and scuffed dust-wrapper.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUSEHOLD (Geoffrey). Arrows Of desire. Michael Joseph, London, 1985. Demy 8vo; blank before half-title, blank at end; pp.[vi]+136+[ii]; mottled blue-black linen-textured boards, lettered gilt on and down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

The aftermath of a nuclear catastrophe.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUSMAN (Laurence). The cloak of Friendship. London, John Murray, Albemarle, [sic] Street, W., 1905. Sm.f'cap 4to; title printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+192; coarse light olive brown buckram blocked with a design by Housman on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. Some insignificant fading of covers, and gilt on front cover a trifle rubbed; cloth over back cover scratched slightly and a trifle bubbled; otherwise a very nice copy.

First state of text, with the redundant comma on the title-page following ‘Albemarle'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUSMAN (Laurence). The cloak of Friendship. London, John Murray, Albemarle, [sic] Street, W., 1905. Sm.f'cap 4to; title printed in red and black; pp.[viii]+192; coarse light olive brown buckram blocked with a design by Housman on front cover and spine, lettered gilt on spine; a.e. uncut. A nice copy.

From the library of Anne and F.G. Renier, and bearing their small book label on the front paste-down

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOUSMAN (Laurence). Strange ends And Discoveries: Tales of This World and the Next. Jonathan Cape, 1948. Final blank; greenish grey linen lettered red on front cover and up spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper. Scarce.



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOWELLS (W.D.). Between the dark And the daylight: Romances. Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1907. Lge.post 8vo; blank before half-title; frontispiece with tissue guard, and five plates; dark yellow-green buckram, ruled and blocked blind on front cover, blocked matt and bright gilt, lettered bright gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e.g. Front end-paper lacking; otherwise a nice copy.

Blanck, 9783. The first binding. Locke, ‘Spectrum', p.118, listing a collection copy of the later binding. Scientifically explained ghost-stories.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HOYLE (Fred) and HOYLE (Geoffrey). The Incan- descent Ones. Edited by Barbara Hoyle. Heinemann, 1977. Lge.post 8vo format, perfect bound; light blue boards, blocked with publisher's monogram device, and lettered, gilt down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Review copy, with the publisher's review slip loosely laid in. Scheduled for publication on 22nd August 1977.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUGHES (Ted). The iron woman: A Sequel to The iron man. Illustrated by Andrew Davidson. faber and faber, 7 September 1993. Double med. 16mo; wood-engraved vignette on title-page and eight full-page wood-engraved illustrations in text; final blank; pp.[vi]+87+[iii]; black fine cloth-textured boards, down-lettered and blocked with publisher's monogram white on spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by Davidson.

Juvenile ecological fantasy.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUNT (Violet). Tales of the Uneasy. London, William Heinemann, 1911. Pp.[viii]+319+[i (printer's imprint)]; light violet rough buckram ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Some light staining of covers and gilt oxydised; end-papers lightly embrowned; text nice. Scarce.

The back cover does not bear the publisher's blind-blocked stamp: almost certainly a remainder binding, probably intended for sale by W.H. Smith's. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUNT (Violet). More tales of The uneasy. London, William Heinemann, Ltd., 1925. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[xxx]+287+[i (printer's imprint)]; rich brown rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. Cloth of spine lightly foxed; otherwise a very nice copy.

From the library of Pamela Hansford Johnson with her bookplate (wood-engraved in 1917 after O'Neill Gallagher) on the front paste-down. The first issue, later copies being in scarlet fine linen grain cloth lettered black on spine, and trimmed to a smaller format. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUNT (Violet). More tales of The uneasy. London, William Heinemann, Ltd., 1925. Blank before half-title; pp.[2]+[xxx]+287+[i (printer's imprint)]; scarlet fine linen-grain cloth, ruled and lettered black on spine. A handful of fox-spots on edges; pin-hole in cloth of front joint; otherwise a fine copy.

The second issue, the first being in rich brown rough buckram, blocked with publisher's device black on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered black on front cover, ruled and lettered gilt on spine. In our experience this second issue is the scarcer. Not in Locke's ‘Spectrum'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

[HUTH (Alexander)]. The Wizard's Mantle By Dryasdust With Illustrations by the Author. Photographed by Morse, Putney, S.W. [1902], no place of publication, no publisher, no printer. Sm.cr.8vo; half-tone frontispiece with tissue guard, and conjugate illustrated title-page, on art paper, both included in the pagination; other prelims. not called for; blank page followed by blank leaf at end; pp.289+[iii]; fourteen half-tone plates from photographs of paintings by the author, all on art-paper and with tissue guards; diagonally very fine ribbed scarlet cloth, ruled blind on back cover, lettered gilt on spine, enamelled pictorially with amazing all-over design and lettering, the design in black, gilt, silver, white, and pale marina blue, the lettering in red, black-outlined gilt, and black-outlined red; a.e. gilt over red; end-papers coated yellow. Spine lettering a little rubbed, front cover design a trifle rubbed and the silver patchily oxydised; otherwise a fine copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.72, recording an apparently less elaborate binding, without the ruled blind frame on the back cover, and without either the extensive marina blue or the minimal white blocking on the front cover. The book was reprinted in 1903 under the M.Y. Halidom by-line, but the present original sumptuously produced and privately printed edition is scarce. There is no list of plates, but they are marked to face pp.15, 33, 64, 104, 118, 154, 195, 212, 215, 221, 231, 258, 278, and 284, and are here so bound in. In this copy the number to p.247 is set to the left of the running title instead of to the right. The authorship of the works published under the by-lines ‘Dryasdust' and ‘M.Y. Halidom' was for long unknown, but was revealed in about 2006 by his grandson, who contacted Mark Valentine following an article published on the internet. Details were subsequently published in ‘Wormwood'.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUXLEY (Aldous). Brave new world. Chatto & Windus, 1932. Leaf blank but for asterisk signature mark before half-title; imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+306+[ii]; light blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, lower edges uncut. Slight fading and wrinkling of cloth; otherwise a nice copy in torn dust-wrapper badly chipped at head and tail of spine.

The first binding, blocked and lettered in gilt.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUXLEY (Aldous). Brave new world. Chatto & Windus, 1932. Leaf blank but for asterisk signature mark before half-title; imprint leaf at end, blank on verso; pp.[viii]+306+[ii]; light blue buckram, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; t.e. blue, lower edges uncut. Cloth and gilt of spine very bright and fresh, but sides a little darkened and mottled by damp; bookplate on front paste-down and related neat inscription on front end-paper; relevant newspaper cutting tipped on to back end-paper; text fine.

The first binding, blocked and lettered in gilt.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUXLEY (Aldous). Brave New World. A collection, as under, mostly of scarce editions, purchased by us from the Chatto & Windus file, but with signs of provenance only as noted: 1. Guild Books Services Edition (S7), first printing thus, 1943: sm.double cr.16mo, white paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in black and lilac; pp.192. Fine copy. 2. The same, second printing (on thicker paper), 1944: sm.double cr.16mo, white paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in black and bluish lilac; pp.192. Publisher's Production Office Copy label on spine. Slight embrowning to text throughout, and single wormhole affecting blank upper fore-corners of last few leaves; otherwise a fine copy. 3. As part of an unnamed series (possibly never issued: this printing is left out of the comprehensive printing history recorded in the 1977 Collected Works edition), first printing thus, 1948: super roy.16mo, white paper wrappers, cut flush, printed in green and black in series style, the prelims. printed by William Clowes and Sons, the text by The Amalgamated Press Ltd. on newsprint; pp.168. Publisher's Production Office Copy label on spine. Light embrowning to text (but not prelims.); otherwise a fine copy. 4.Zodiac Press edition, first printing thus, 1948: sm.cr.8vo, title-page printed in pink and black, imprint on verso of last leaf of text, two blanks at end; white cloth printed with all-over design in brown, brown panel on spine ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, t.e. pale grey: a handsome binding; pp.[vi]+213+[i]+[iv]. Publisher's Production Office Copy label on spine. Fine copy in minutely chipped dust-wrapper. 5. Vanguard Library edition (no.2 in series), second printing, 1953 (the first was 1952): double sm.post 16mo, two blanks at front, three at back serving as end-papers, mottled cream and black mixed-weave linen-effect fibre boards, panelled blue-grey, blocked and lettered gilt, on spine, t.e. black; pp.[iv]+214+[vi]. Poor quality paper embrowned throughout, otherwise a fine copy in a slightly frayed dust-wrapper designed by Edward Bawden and incorporating a series vignette by Biro. Includes the 1946 Foreword. 6. Second Collected Edition, third printing, 1977 (following the printings of 1970 and 1972): sm.double cr.16mo, final blank, dark blue-green glazed cloth-patterned boards, blocked with author's monogram gilt on front cover, blocked and lettered gilt on spine; pp.[xvi]+213+[iii]. Fine copy in dust-wrapper designed by John Woodcock. Includes the 1946 Foreword. The six volumes together



Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUXLEY (Aldous). Ape And essence: A Novel. 1949, Chatto & Windus. Dark iron grey cloth, ruled, block- ed, and lettered gilt, panelled blue, on spine; lower- edges uncut. Gilt somewhat dulled; otherwise a fine copy in chipped and badly frayed dust-wrapper.

First English edition.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to HomepageHUXLEY19900901


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

*AHUXLEY (Aldous). Brave New World: A Novel. 1950, Chatto & Windus. F'cap 8vo; title-page printed in reddish brown and black; final blank; pp.[xvi]+[214]+[ii]; diagonally very fine ribbed dove grey cloth, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top-edges grey, lower-edges uncut. Fine copy in slightly rubbed dust-wrapper designed by Enid Marx.

Issued as volume 22 of ‘The Collected Works'. The first English edition to include a nine page Introduction by the author written for the American (Harper) edition of 1946 (referred to on the dust-wrapper as ‘a New Foreword by the Author'. The dust-wrapper of this copy is of the second issue, correctly listing twenty-three titles in the series, as in the first issue, but with the price of six shilings clipped from the corner of the front flap, and the words ‘Revised Price / 7s. 6d. / net' overprinted on the lower margin..

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HUXLEY (Aldous). Brave New World Revisited. 1959, Chatto & Windus. Lge.cr.8vo; pp.164 sky blue boards, blocked and lettered gilt on spine. Nice copy in frayed dust-wrapper.

Non-fictional speculations.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HYNE (Cutcliffe). Atoms of Empire. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1904. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated 10.10.04; mottled red smooth cloth, blocked white and very dark green on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Front end-paper neatly removed; otherwise a very nice copy.

Review copy, with the publisher's ‘Presentation' stamp in blind on the title-page. Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.120, describing the green blocking on the front cover as ‘black' - which it very nearly is. Short stories, including several fantasy or SF.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HYNE (Cutcliffe). Atoms of Empire. Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1904. Blank before half-title; publisher's inserted 16pp. catalogue at end, dated 10.10.04; mottled red fine rough buckram, blocked white and black on front cover, lettered gilt on front cover and spine; t.e.g. Gilt faded from spine; otherwise a nice copy.

Locke's ‘Spectrum', p.120. Short stories, including several fantasy or SF.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

HYNE (C.J. Cutcliffe-). Ivory valley: An Adventure of Captain Kettle. Ward, Lock & Co., Limited, London and Melbourne, 1938. Sm.cr.8vo; 5pp. integral advertisements at end; pp.315+[v]; scarlet fine-weave unglazed buckram-surfaced cloth lettered and blocked black on spine. Fine copy in pictorial dust-wrapper (signed ‘Greenup') insignificantly chipped at tail of spine. Scarce thus.

Probable earlier issue, with ‘5/- net' stamped on the upper corner of the front flap of the dust-wrapper (the small lower corner having been clipped away: both corners are marked off with a diagonal printed line, evidently as a guide for clipping). Highlighted in Clute and Nichols ‘Encyclopædia of Science Fiction' (1993), p.607, as one of four Captain Kettle titles to contain science-fiction elements. Hubin, p.219, listing this title as of undetermined status. Locke's ‘Spectrum' p.120, recording a later issue in brown cloth lettered dark brown on spine, the dust-wrapper of which had "a corner of the front flap clipped off and ‘4/6 net' stamped on the upper flap." Beautifully printed by Butler & Tanner Ltd. at Frome.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage


ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS F & SF BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ARCHIVE, File M: Twentieth Century Fantasy & Science Fiction. All books first editions and first printings, except as stated.

JACKSON (R.E.). The Poltergeist. Illustrated by Peter Warner. 1968, Chatto & Windus, London. Extra cr.8vo; frontispiece on verso of half-title; other illustrations in text; pp.192; violet fine cloth-textured boards lettered gilt on a down spine. Fine copy in dust-wrapper.

Purchased from the publisher's file, but without signs of provenance. Juvenile.

Click here to return to catalogue of books currently available



Click here to return to Homepage

[ CLICK HERE TO LOAD NEXT SECTION OF FILE ]