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PLATH, Sylvia.

First editions, signed first editions and rare books such as Ariel and The Colossus by Sylvia Plath.

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) was an American poet, the author of Ariel andThe Bell Jar. Already an ambitious and gifted author in her teens, Plath entered Smith College in 1950 and as a junior was awarded an editorship at Mademoiselle Magazine in New York. 

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  1. Sculptor.

    Sculptor.

    To Leonard Baskin.
    First edition. First printed in the Smith College magazine "The Grecourt Review" this 24 line poem is printed here in run of about 25 copies for the use of the author and editors. In our opinion although typically referred to as an offprint the removal of pagination and all all surrounding content elevates this rare little pamphlet to the bibliographic standing of a separately published work wholly written by the author. Learn More
    £1,750

    Date of Publication: [1959]

    Published: [Northhampton, MA]

    Stock Code: 76566

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  2. The Colossus

    The Colossus

    and other poems.
    First edition, first impression. The Colossus was the only regularly published work by Plath published under her own name in her lifetime and it became one of the most influential first books of poetry of the post-war period. Plath's novel, The Bell Jar, was published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas." Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91020

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  3. The Colossus & Other Poems.

    The Colossus & Other Poems.

    First US edition, first printing of Plath's first and only collection of poetry published while she was alive. Originally published in the UK in 1960. This copy is a review copy with the publisher's review slip loosely inserted. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 92560

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  4. A Winter Ship.

    A Winter Ship.

    First edition of the author's first separately published work, one of approximately 60 copies. The proof copies for the poem were printed crediting Plath as the author, but Plath wrote to the publisher, Alan Anderson on 11 June 1960, asking for her name to be removed from the published version. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 109539

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  5. A Winter Ship.

    A Winter Ship.

    First edition of the author's first separately published work, one of approximately 60 copies, this copy unsigned. On 11 June 1960, Plath wrote in a letter to the publisher, Alan Anderson, "I am writing on my own behalf to say how delighted my husband and I were with the proofs of A Winter Ship. I'm sending back the one we like best, with the border round it. Learn More
    £2,750

    Date of Publication: 1960

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 104335

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  6. The Colossus & Other Poems.

    The Colossus & Other Poems.

    First US edition, first printing of Plath's first and only collection of poetry published while she was alive. Originally published in the UK in 1960. This copy is a review copy with the publisher's review slip loosely inserted. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1962

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 99102

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  7. Ariel.

    Ariel.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 91067

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  8. Ariel.

    Ariel.

    First edition, first impression. One of 3,100 copies printed. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108167

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  9. Three Women. A Monologue for Three Voices.

    Three Women. A Monologue for Three Voices.

    With an introductory note by Douglas Cleverdon.
    First edition, limited issue. Number 86 of 180 copies, of which 150 were for sale. This was Plath's only poetic work written for broadcast. Learn More
    £400

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109596

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  10. Early unpublished poems.

    Early unpublished poems.

    Proof pull and first separate printing of five of Plath's early poems, produced in anticipation of their publication in the Times Literary Supplement following her death. It seems to have been common practice to provide authors or their agents with pulls for approval before final publication. This pull was likely given to Ted Hughes because it was later sold by Alan Hancox of Cheltenham, a book dealer particularly close to Hughes who was known to sell material obtained directly from him. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1969

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 67961

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  11. The Art of Sylvia Plath: A Symposium.
    £65

    Date of Publication: 1970

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109593

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  12. Million Dollar Month.

    Million Dollar Month.

    First edition, first impression. One of five advance copies specially bound by the publisher, from a limited edition of 155 numbered copies. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1971

    Published: Frensham

    Stock Code: 68614

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  13. The Bell Jar.

    The Bell Jar.

    First US edition, first printing. The author's semi-autobiographical, and only, novel, was first published the UK under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas (1963), then posthumously under Plath's name (1966), and thereafter in the USA. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1971

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109556

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  14. The Bed Book.

    The Bed Book.

    First US edition, first printing. It was first published in the UK earlier the same year. One of three long children's poems written by Plath, this is a lively poem about a set of unusual beds, and was composed during her first pregnancy, though it was not published until 13 years after her death. Learn More
    £185

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 109586

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  15. 116298comp
    signed

    The Bed Book.

    Illustrations by Quentin Blake.
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the illustrator to the title page. One of three long children’s poems written by Plath, this is a lively poem about a set of unusual beds composed during her first pregnancy, although not published until 13 years after her death. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116298

    Signed: Yes

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  16. Sylvia Plath: Last Encounters.

    Sylvia Plath: Last Encounters.

    The suppressed privately printed memoir describing Plath's last days, from an edition of 200 copies. Thomas lived in the flat below Plath's in London in 1963, and witnessed the events leading up to and following her suicide, as well as suffering the effects of the gas which also seeped into his flat. Ted Hughes, who is portrayed in a poor light in the memoir, threatened Thomas with court action upon its publication. Learn More
    £475

    Date of Publication: 1989

    Published: Bedford

    Stock Code: 111559

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  17. Giving up. The Last Days of Sylvia Plath.
    signed

    Giving up. The Last Days of Sylvia Plath.

    First edition. Slight, simply-told and truthful account of the days directly before Plath's death, described by The Independent as fitting in; "more good sense and compassion on the subject of Sylvia Plath than books ten times as long." This copy signed on the title page by the author. Learn More
    £35

    Date of Publication: 2002

    Published:

    Stock Code: 48635

    Signed: Yes

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