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  1. 117156
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    In Memoriam.

    Illustrated by Alfred Garth Jones.
    Signed limited edition, number 93 of 100 copies on "O.W." paper, signed and numbered by the illustrator. The first edition with illustrations by Alfred Garth Jones, a popular illustrator known in France and the US as much as in the UK, whose work was used in several notable publications, including works by H.G. Wells, John Milton and Arthur Conan Doyle. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1901

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117156

    Signed: Yes

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  2. 117143

    The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    The Astronomer-Poet of Persia
    First edition thus, first printing, in the deluxe publisher's binding. From the library of Abel E. Berland, well-known book collector, with his book label to front free endpaper verso. This edition is listed ten times on Worldcat, only in the US. Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát was first published in 1859, anonymously and at his own expense (ODNB). Learn More
    £300

    Date of Publication: [1903]

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 117143

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  3. 117119

    A Change of World.

    With a Foreword by W. H. Auden.
    First edition, first printing of 551 copies, with a reprint in the same year of further 503 copies. This is Rich's first published work, and is Volume 48 of The Yale Series of Younger Poets. The Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition is an annual event which publishes the first collection of a promising American poet. Auden chose the winners and edited the series between 1947 and 1959. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1951

    Published: New Haven, CT

    Stock Code: 117119

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  4. 117018detail

    The Yellow Book.

    An Illustrated Quarterly.
    First editions. This famous, epochal, and notorious periodical includes work by all the great figures of the 1890s including Beerbohm, Beardsley, Henry James, Yeats, Gissing, Kenneth Grahame, Ernest Dowson, Lionel Johnson, Baron Corvo, H. G. Wells, and many others. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1894-97

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 117018

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  5. 116972

    Hero & Leander.

    First edition thus, one of 220 copies printed (of which 20 were hors commerce) of Ricketts & Shannon's printing of Christopher Marlowe's famous 1598 English rendering of the romantic mythological legend of Hero & Leander, with the contemporary continuation by poet and translator George Chapman (well known for his Homer). This scarce and beautiful fine press printing, which was one of three such productions by Ricketts and Shannon done "at the Vale" (their Chelsea home) before the official establishment of The Vale Press, was done to commemorate the 400 year anniversary of the first printing of Musaeus's 6th century Greek text of Hero & Leander by Aldus Manutius in Venice 1494. Learn More
    £1,875

    Date of Publication: begun November 1893 and finished February 1894

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116972

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  6. 116921
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    Georges.

    Éditions originales et livres rares en français
    First edition, limited issue, number 43 of 130 copies printed on velin de Rives, and featuring two original signed lithographs by Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes. There were also 20 numbered copies printed on Japon nacré. The work, with text printed in French, was published to commemorate Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes' 80th birthday. Laid in is an illustrated homage to Ribemont-Dessaignes by Prevert, printed on a single leaf and depicting photographs of significant moments in his life. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1965

    Published: Cagnes-sur-Mer

    Stock Code: 116921

    Signed: Yes

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  7. 116876comp
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    Country Life.

    First and limited edition, first impression, number 11 of 26 copies signed and numbered by the author, with the additional facing holograph poem. This is part of the larger edition of 350. One of Ackroyd's earliest works, it features a cover design by Michael Craig-Martin. Learn More
    £575

    Date of Publication: 1978

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116876

    Signed: Yes

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  8. 116875
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    Millennium Christmas card, 2000.

    At the Hillhead .
    Limited and signed edition, one of an unnumbered edition, featuring a then-unpublished verse. A presentation copy of Heaney's Christmas card for 2000, privately published for the author and inscribed by Heaney to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids, "Roy - Forge ahead - Seamus & Marie - with thanks for the Sothebys try earlier in the year. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: 2000

    Published: Loughcrew

    Stock Code: 116875

    Signed: Yes

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  9. 116836comp
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    Ouch.

    The Curiously Strong Vol IV No2 October 31st.
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. A scarce copy of the author's first published work, and the first of only three volumes of poetry. Ackroyd dates his signature "London: November 25, 1990". The Curiously Strong was a poetry magazine established by the American poet Fred Buck in the late 1960s and later edited by Ian Patterson until its cessation a decade later. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1971

    Published: [London]

    Stock Code: 116836

    Signed: Yes

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  10. 116813comp
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    Twenty Poems.

    First edition, presentation copy, out-of-series from the total edition of 135 copies, of which 75 only were numbered and signed, inscribed by the author to the American novelist and essayist "Julien Green, with the compliments and good wishes of the writer. June 1930." Here Spender begins to make connections with the European literati (Green spent most of his time in Paris) with whom he and Auden would mingle in the coming decade. Learn More
    £875

    Date of Publication: [1930]

    Published: Oxford

    Stock Code: 116813

    Signed: Yes

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  11. 116798
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    Ten Poems.

    First edition, first issue, signed and dated by the author on the inner front cover. This is the author's first publication and, as well as being the most desirable, the first issue is by far the most scarce. Festival Publications printed this among a series of pamphlets by other emerging Irish poets like Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, and Philip Hobsbaum, and this loosely defined group "is generally identified as the beginning of the Northern Irish poetry revival of the late 1960s through to the 1980s" (ODNB). Learn More
    £650

    Date of Publication: [1965]

    Published: Belfast

    Stock Code: 116798

    Signed: Yes

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  12. 116797
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    Eleven Poems.

    First edition, third and final issue, signed by the author on the front wrapper. This is Heaney's first published work; his first book of poetry, Death of a Naturalist, is advertised in this edition as forthcoming, and would be published by Faber and Faber in 1966. Eleven Poems was privately published by Heaney's alma mater, Queen's University, while Heaney was an English literature lecturer there. Learn More
    £800

    Date of Publication: [1965-7]

    Published: Belfast

    Stock Code: 116797

    Signed: Yes

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  13. 116771
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    Rubaiyat.

    First edition, in the very scarce dust jacket. This gorgeously illustrated Rubaiyat, decadent, faintly erotic, and distinctly Beardsley-esque, is the only major publication of artist Ronald S. Balfour (18961941). Learn More
    £975

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116771

    Signed: Yes

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  14. 116716

    Orlando Furioso.

    An attractive set of this Italian romantic epic. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1883

    Published: Florence

    Stock Code: 116716

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  15. 116684

    The Serious Poems; [together with] The Comic Poems.

    With a preface by Thomas Hood the Younger. A new and complete edition.
    First edition thus. Nearly all of Hood's verse first appeared in magazines and annuals; these two uniformly bound works are posthumous collections of his poetry, "enriched with illustrations drawn and engraved by the foremost artists of the day" (Editorial Note, The Serious Poems). Learn More
    £120

    Date of Publication: [1876]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116684

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  16. 116670

    Ultima Thule.

    Second edition (first 1880). There is an obituary for George Washington Greene from the New York Nation, dated 1883, tipped-in opposite Longfellow's "Dedication to G.W.G.", and a four-page insert bearing Longfellow's poem "From My Armchair" laid-in to the front endpapers. There are also two pressed flowers affixed to two of the binder's blanks at the rear of the book, dated 1881 and captioned with titles and locations. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1881

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 116670

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  17. 116654

    The Poetical Works.

    With notes, glossary, index of first lines, and biographical note.
    Complete edition. A handsomely bound copy of Burns's poetical works. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: [c.1910]

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116654

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  18. 116651

    Poems.

    Including The Princess, In Memoriam, Maud, Idylls of the King, Enoch Arden, Etc.
    A beautifully bound copy of the Oxford Edition of collected poems by Tennyson. Learn More
    £150

    Date of Publication: 1907

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116651

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  19. 116649

    The Legend of Jubal.

    And Other Poems. Second Edition.
    A handsomely bound copy of Eliot's poems, many of which had previously appeared in periodicals. The first edition of this collection was published the same year. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1874

    Published: Edinburgh

    Stock Code: 116649

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  20. 116647comp
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    La Terre visitée.

    First and limited edition, number 1,167 of 1,240 copies. Presentation copy to T. S. Eliot inscribed by the author on half-title, "A T. S. Eliot avec l'admiration constante de Georges Cattaui". In 1936 Cattaui translated "Journey of the Magi" and "The Hollow Men" for publication in Mesures and was in correspondence with Eliot during this process. In 1958 he wrote a literary criticism of Eliot which has been described as "a landmark in Eliot-criticism" (Mishra). Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1945

    Published: Paris

    Stock Code: 116647

    Signed: Yes

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