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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books of poetry; also individual poems and related ephemera.

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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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  2. 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    Limited and signed edition, one of an unnumbered edition, featuring a then-unpublished verse.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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 116797
    signed

    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 116648

    The Poetical Works.

    Edited by H. W. Garrod.
    Second Oxford Standard Authors edition, eleventh impression. It was first published thus in 1956. A handsomely bound copy of Keats's complete poetical works. Learn More
    £75

    Date of Publication: 1973

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116648

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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

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    On the Suchness of the Old Boy.

    Drawings by Sappho Durrell.
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 177 of 226 copies signed by the poet and the artist, consisting of 200 numbered and 26 lettered copies. None of the lettered copies were for sale. This was the only collaboration between Sappho Durrell and her father; she was 21 at the time of publication and completing an English degree from York University. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116595

    Signed: Yes

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  16. 116587

    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.

    First edition, first impression, of this second (and much scarcer - Copac lists only four locations in the UK) collection of war poems by Jessie Pope (1868-1941), who was well known for her children's books and her jingoistic war poetry. She was the "certain poetess" to whom Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et decorum est" was sardonically directed. Learn More
    £100

    Date of Publication: 1916

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116587

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  17. 116578

    Poems.

    Translated by Denis Devlin and Jackson Mathews.
    Offprint, limited issue, number 300 of 350 copies. This collection of 19 poems printed in both French and English translation was first published in the biannual Italian literary journal Botteghe Oscure, which featured poetry and prose in five languages. Laid in is a four page promotional leaflet for Char's works. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1952

    Published: Rome

    Stock Code: 116578

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  18. 116561

    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.

    Third edition with Westall's illustrations; first published thus in 1817. Night Thoughts was originally published in nine separate parts between 1742 and 1745. Night Thoughts has been described as "arguably the century's greatest long poem" (ODNB). Richard Westall was a well-regarded artist and illustrator and Queen Victoria's drawing master for nine years. Learn More
    £175

    Date of Publication: 1823

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116561

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  19. 116546
    signed

    Three Madrigals.

    First edition, first printing, number 59 of 150 signed and numbered copies; there were another 12 copies reserved for the author. The book reprints the author's holograph manuscript in facsimile. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116546

    Signed: Yes

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  20. 116539

    Rhyme Stew.

    Illustrations by Quentin Blake.
    Uncorrected proof copy for this collection of quirky poetry adapted from traditional nursery tales. Learn More
    £200

    Date of Publication: 1989

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116539

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