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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS Lit.Crit. CATALOGUE, File N: Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc... All books first editions in dust-wrapper unless otherwise stated.

ALEXANDER (Mrs. [i.e. Mrs. Alexander HECTOR, née FRENCH]). Her dearest foe. A Novel. London, Macmillan and Co., Limited; New York: The Macmillan Company, 1899. Double post 16mo; half-title with series advertisement om verso; 4pp. text-paper advertisements at end, probably printed conjugate with prelims.; pp.[iv]+500+[iv]; blue smooth cloth blocked and lettered black on front cover, lettered gilt on spine. Very slight rubbing to cloth of sides; end-papers foxed; poor quality paper marginally embrowned throughout; otherwise a nice copy.

GB £30.00

US $40.50


Issued according to the series advertisement as volume 12 of ‘Macmillan’s Two Shilling Library’ and published, according to its fortnightly schedule, in May, 1899 (four volumes being published each month, two at a time), this being the latest volume “Ready". A further twelve titles are advertised as scheduled, with their prospective dates of publication. This title was first printed in ‘The Temple Bar Magazine’ as a serial in 1875-6, and by Bentley in 1876 as a three-decker. COPAC records copies of this edition at Exeter University, Newcastle, and Trinity College Dublin only.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS Lit.Crit. CATALOGUE, File N: Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc... All books first editions in dust-wrapper unless otherwise stated.

FALCONER (Will.). The Shipwreck, A poem, By Will. Falconer. London: Printed for J. Wren and W. Hodges, 1785. Post 8vo format, not watermarked (but probably in fact a 16mo in half-sheets, the chain-lines running horizontally); half-title not called for; pp.91+[i (blank)]; A — E8, F4, G2; original sugar-paper boards, rebacked, probably in the early 19th century with brown linen. Linen chipped on spine; front end-papers damp-stained and paste-down a trifle chipped; early ownership inscription on upper margin of title-page, and pen-trials at a couple of other openings, not touching text; small chip to blank fore-margin of one leaf, apparently due to an original paper flaw; otherwise text nice.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


Copiously provided with notes relating to technical aspects of sailing-ships. The last three pages of text here are occupied by a second poem: ‘Occasional Elegy’. The poem, first published in 1762 and enlarged in 1764, was based on the author’s own experience as second mate aboard a merchant ship which was wrecked on a voyage from Alexandria to Venice. Only three of the crew survived. DNB gives the following assessment of the poem’s significance: “Falconer’s ‘Shipwreck’ resembles most of the didactic poems of the time, and is marked by the conventionality common to them all. But it deserves a rather exceptional position from the obvious fidelity with which he has painted from nature; and though his use of technical nautical terms is pushed even to ostentation, the effect of using the language of real life is often excellent, and is in marked contrast to the commonplaces of classical imitation which make other passages vapid and uninteresting.” ESTC T76147; NCBEL, 2: 655, not listing this edition; Aberdeen, Birmingham, and British Library copies only on COPAC. Cadell, who published the original, issued a ‘sixth edition’ also in 1785, which is a good deal more common, though all the early editions are now scarce.
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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS Lit.Crit. CATALOGUE, File N: Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc... All books first editions in dust-wrapper unless otherwise stated.

GREENWOOD (James). Unsentimental journeys: Or, Byways of the Modern Babylon. By James Greenwood, Author of “A Night in a Workhouse;” “The True History of a Little Ragamuffin;” etc., etc. Beeton’s Books. London: Ward, Lock, & Tyler, Warwick House, Paternoster-row, 1872. Globe 8vo; double-spread frontispiece and nine plates, all tipped-on at centre fold to bound-in paper guards; pp.viii+232; bevelled burgundy sand-grain cloth, ruled and elaborately blocked with black frame on sides, elaborately blocked with central ornament in gilt and silver, surrounding a bright blue circular enamelled panel lettered and with short rule gilt, on front cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt, lettered burgundy-through-gilt on spine; a.e.gilt, end-papers coated grey-chocolate. Very slight wear to extremities of spine, and end-papers a little rubbed and cracking; otherwise in general a nice copy, the delightful cover design very fresh and bright.

GB £55.00

US $74.25


The second edition of a title published originally in 1867, and collating identically with it. There is no list of plates, but they are inserted between pp.24/[25], 44/[45], [64]/65, [72]/73, [108]/109, [116]/117, 124/[125], 162/[163], 200/[201], and [220]/221.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS Lit.Crit. CATALOGUE, File N: Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc... All books first editions in dust-wrapper unless otherwise stated.

HOLMES (Oliver Wendell). The Poetical works Of Oliver Wendell Holmes. With Illustrations. Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, [U.S.A.] 1890. Roy.8vo; half-title not called for; blank precedes portrait frontispiece; eleven plates; binder’s blank at end; pp.[x]+311+[i (blank)]; bevelled olive brown diagonally fine-ribbed cloth, ruled and blocked black, red, gilt, and olive-brown-through gilt, lettered black, on front cover, ruled and blocked black and gilt, blocked olive-brown-through-gilt, down-lettered black, on spine; a.e.g.; end-papers printed with blossom pattern in peach. Neat inscription dated 1894 on front blank; otherwise an extremely fine copy of a beautiful book.

GB £65.00

US $87.75


This edition not in Blanck, which lists two other editions of the same date. The rather unusual binding style is perhaps best characterised as a mixture of art nouveau and Franco-Celtic, with some input from mediaeval mss.

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ROBERT TEMPLE BOOKS Lit.Crit. CATALOGUE, File N: Literary Criticism, Academic Texts, etc... All books first editions in dust-wrapper unless otherwise stated.

[JOHNSON (Samuel).] A bibliography Of Samuel Johnson By William Prideaux Courtney And David Nichol Smith. Oxford, At the Clarendon Press, 1968. Numerous facsimiles in text including one large, folding, but all integral, but unbacked and not included in the pagination; pp.viii+186; navy blue buckram, ruled, lettered, and blocked, gilt, on spine. Faint signs of class-mark removed from spine, and of rubber-stamp removed from top-edges; internally a fine copy.

GB £24.00

US $32.40


Published originally in 1915 without the facsimiles, and reprinted in 1925 with the addition of the facsimiles, some printed in red and black, the present edition being a photolithographic reprint of that withe the facsimiles printed in black only.
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