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  1. More Translations from the Chinese.
    New Arrival

    More Translations from the Chinese. 1919

    £275

    First edition, limited deluxe issue, number 5 of 50 copies on Fabriano handmade paper. Inscribed on the front free endpaper, “Olivia, at just that one moment which, I hope, will sound the note for an eternal symphony. New York. July 19th 1929.” Read more

  2. Love Poet, Carpenter.
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    Love Poet, Carpenter. 2009

    £1,500

    Signed limited edition, number 115 of 195 copies, signed by 59 contributors on inserted Fabriano Artistico rear endpapers. This copy is additionally signed by Longley. Love Poet, Carpenter is an anthology containing work by Simon Armitage, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Eamon Duffy, Seamus Heaney, Andrew Motion, and …Read more

  3. Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.
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    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times. 1916

    £100

    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” …Read more

  4. The Works.
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    The Works. 1776

    £500

    An attractive set in unassuming contemporary calf, with an engrossing provenance: from the library of the Scottish slave-trader, merchant and diplomat Richard Oswald (1705?-1784), with the simple booklabels of Auchincruive House (his Adam-designed mansion in south Ayrshire) and ownership inscriptions (first page of the opening …Read more

  5. Bath After Sailing.
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    Bath After Sailing. 1968

    £475

    First and signed limited edition, number 66 of 125 copies signed by the author on the title. This was the first of Updike’s poems to be issued as a limited edition. Read more

  6. 4 Sails.
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    4 Sails. 1966

    £375

    Created with Ed Wright at the Chelsea School of Art, this piece of concrete poetry was issued on red, yellow and blue card (no priority established). The inside corners are folded to represent sails when the piece is free-standing. Words printed on each “sail” form …Read more

  7. The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.
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    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts. 1823

    £175

    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 …Read more

  8. Hero & Leander.
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    Hero & Leander. 1949

    £400

    First edition thus, number 438 of 400 copies (numbered 101-500) from a limited edition of 500, Lucas’s translation of 6th century Greek poet Musaeus’s famous poem finely printed by the Golden Cockerel Press with etched illustrations by John Buckland-Wright, designed by Christopher Sandford. Very scarce …Read more

  9. Three Madrigals.
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    Three Madrigals. 1968

    £225

    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. Read more

  10. Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.
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    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal. 1799

    £375

    Second edition of Southey’s first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. “He visited Madrid, but spent most …Read more

  11. The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.
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    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets. [1900]

    £3,000

    A handsomely bound set with works by Bryon, Shelly, Wordsworth and Keats. Read more

  12. A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov. 1929

    £675

    First edition thus, number 210 from a strictly limited edition of 750 copies on Maillol hand-made paper, of Lermontov’s poem translated by John Cournos and with decorations and binding designed by Paul Nash. The Nash designs in this Aquila Press production are some of his …Read more

  13. The Iliad.
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    The Iliad. 1827

    £175

    A very attractively bound duodecimo edition of Pope’s famous translation of Homer’s Iliad, this copy with gilt stamps of the City of Glasgow to both boards and a lengthy Glasgow school prize plate dated 1845 to the front pastedown. Read more

  14. [Library Edition of the British Poets.]
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    [Library Edition of the British Poets.] [1853-60]

    £2,250

    First edition. Including work by Addison, Akenside, Armstrong, Beattie, Blair, Bowles, Burns, Butler, Chaucer, Churchill, Collins, Cowley, Cowper, Crashaw, Denham, Dryden, Dyer, Falconer, Gay, Goldsmith, Graehame, Gray, Green, Herbert, Johnson, Kirke White, Milton, Parnell, Percy, Pope, Prior, Quarles, Scott, Shakespeare, Shenstone, Smollett, Somerville, Spenser, Surrey, …Read more

  15. Globe-Gliding
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    Globe-Gliding 1930

    £650

    First and sole edition of this book of poems, which are listed as “Stops” alphabetically by location. Roving Eye Press was initially founded in the late 1920s by Bob Brown and co-managed by his wife Rose. It was part of a larger literary and …Read more

  16. Demonics
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    Demonics 1931

    £500

    First edition with a leaf of the author’s personal letterhead laid in, printed “Robert Carlton Brown, Le Manoir, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, (A. M.) France”. Featuring poems such as “Spring, put on a condom!” and a number of calligrams, for which Brown was well known, including here “Handle …Read more

  17. The Collected Works:
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    The Collected Works: 1908

    £5,000

    First collected edition of Yeats’s work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of volume four (very scarce thus), one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher’s imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition …Read more

  18. The Complete Poetical Works.
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    The Complete Poetical Works. 1903

    £250

    A very attractively bound copy of Wordsworth’s complete poems. Read more

  19. The Poems.
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    The Poems. 1900

    £750

    First Robinson, first impression, of the poems of Edgar Allen Poe, scarce, and attractive in the original decorated cloth. This copy has a charming contemporary gift inscription with an apparently original six-line poem signed “E.V.H.”: “Thou knewest not the haven hush / of those who …Read more

  20. Selected Poems. 1965-1975.
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    Selected Poems. 1965-1975. 1980

    £600

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Hazel, Seamus Heaney, October 20 1980”. Read more

  21. A Shropshire Lad.
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    A Shropshire Lad. 1898

    £475

    First Grant Richards edition, first impression, second overall following the first printing of 500 copies published by Kegan Paul two years earlier, and then transferred by Housman to Grant Richards, reset and reprinted in an equally small edition of 500 as as here. This copy …Read more

  22. Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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    Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 1925

    £225

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, with the flaps of the original jacket laid in. Read more

  23. Don Juan.
    New Arrival

    Don Juan. 1926

    £350

    First Austen-illustrated edition, first impression, an attractive copy with the very scarce dust jacket, which is hard to find in collectable condition. Read more

  24. Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.
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    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems. 1885

    £475

    First edition thus, signed by Bertram Dobell on the front free endpaper (conceivably denoting this as his retained copy), one of the scarce 50 copies on Whatman’s Hand-made Paper from a limited edition restricted to 404 copies (4 were on vellum, and 350 copies were …Read more

  25. Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.
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    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems. 1885

    £150

    First edition thus, this an excellent copy in the original blue boards of one of the 350 copies on toned paper, from a limited edition restricted to 404 copies (4 were on vellum and 50 on Whatman’s Hand-made Paper). This facsimile was issued as number …Read more

  26. A Latin Anthology.
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    A Latin Anthology. 1909

    £125

    An attractively bound copy, published as part of the Golden Treasury series, of this anthology of Latin poetry including Cicero, Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Propertius, Ovid, Seneca, Lucan, Petronius, Statius, Martial, and Boethius. Read more

  27. Poems.
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    Poems. 1861

    £195

    First Nimmo edition, attractively illustrated and including a Life of Lord Byron by Alexander Leighton, and handsomely bound. Read more

  28. The Poetical Works.
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    The Poetical Works. [1920s]

    £200

    A very attractively bound comprehensive edition of Shelley’s poetical works on India paper. Read more

  29. Maud, and other poems.
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    Maud, and other poems. 1867

    £200

    A strikingly bound copy of Tennyson’s Maud, inscribed as an Eton College gift in 1869. This edition includes The Charge of the Light Brigade among the other poems. Read more

  30. Hailstones.
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    Hailstones. 1984

    £575

    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 250 cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page. There were also 500 unsigned copies, bound in paper wrappers. Read more

  31. The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke. 1930

    £250,000

    First edition in English, copy B of seven copies printed on vellum, with three extra sets of loose proofs signed by the artist, marked A to G. This is the most luxurious presentation of one of the most remarkable printed books of the 20th century. …Read more

  32. The Arte of English Poesie.
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    The Arte of English Poesie. 1589

    £45,000

    First and only contemporary edition; “an ambitious work of literary history and criticism as well as a rhetorical handbook for the practising poet” (ODNB). Puttenham’s examples are drawn mostly from early to mid-16th-century writers, poetry such as Richard Tottel’s Songs and Sonnets or the works …Read more

  33. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
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    Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. 1940

    £10,000

    First illustrated edition. An excellent association copy, signed by Eliot as Old Possum and inscribed on the front free endpaper to the Tandy family (Geoffrey, Doris “Polly”, and their three children), whose second child Alison was one of the dedicatees: “To the Tandy family from …Read more

  34. The Poetical Works.
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    The Poetical Works. 1823

    £600

    A very handsomely bound library set of Walter Scott’s poetical works, printed in Edinburgh during Scott’s lifetime. Read more

  35. Christmas Eve.
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    Christmas Eve. 1978]

    £475

    First edition. One of an unspecified number of copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. Read more

  36. Field Work.
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    Field Work. 1979

    £250

    First edition, first impression. The fugitive brown used in the printing of this dust jacket almost always fades to a peculiar bilious hue. Sorry but that’s just the way it is! Read more

  37. Specimens of the Russian Poets.
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    Specimens of the Russian Poets. 1821

    £125

    First edition of this anthology (misspelt “anathology” on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Read more

  38. La Divina Commedia.
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    La Divina Commedia. 1928

    £1,325

    First Nonesuch edition. Number 982 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante’s Divine Comedy, with Dante’s Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary’s English translation (1814, the first complete English translation, much loved …Read more

  39. The Golden Treasury.

    The Golden Treasury. 1909

    £300

    First complete edition of this anthology, attractively bound by Bayntun. The Golden Treasury “remains one of those rare instances in which a critical work has substantive imaginative value, and entitles its author to rank among creative artists” (ODNB). The anthology was published in two …Read more

  40. The Cotter’s Saturday Night.

    The Cotter’s Saturday Night. [1908].

    £250

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  41. Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.

    Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess. 1853-68

    £750

    A lavishly bound collection of Tennyson poetical works, mixed editions, including a wonderful piece of Tennyson ephemera, the “In Memoriam, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate, &c” order of service for the memorial held at Westminster Abbey on Sunday 16th October 1892, after his death on …Read more

  42. Four Quartets.

    Four Quartets. 1944

    £300

    First UK collected edition, first impression, one of 6,000 copies printed. The four poems which make up Four Quartets, “Burnt Norton”, “East Cocker”, “The Dry Salvages” and “Little Gidding”, were published separately between 1940 and 1941. The first collected edition was published in the US …Read more

  43. Summoned By Bells.

    Summoned By Bells. 1960

    £400

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title by the author, “To Vincent Harris, from John Betjeman in gratitude for a Hyhgate [sic] evening on June 14 1961. Chapter I is relevant.” The recipient was E. Vincent Harris (1876–1972), the English architect. Betjeman …Read more

  44. Chamber Music.

    Chamber Music. 1971

    £125

    Uncorrected proof of the 1971 edition, reset from the edition published by Jonathan Cape in 1927. Read more

  45. Voyages.

    Voyages. 1957

    £200

    First and limited edition, first printing, number 125 of 975 copies. It was honoured as one of the “Fifty Books of the Year 1957” by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Read more

  46. The Waste Land.

    The Waste Land. 1922

    £2,750

    First edition, first printing, second state binding in stiff boards with the numbers in the colophon 2 mm in height. Read more

  47. A Soul for Sale. Poems.

    A Soul for Sale. Poems. 1947

    £750

    First edition, first impression, signed by Kavanagh on the title page. The signature of notoriously rebarbative poet Kavanagh is very hard to come by. Read more

  48. Birthday Letters.

    Birthday Letters. 1998

    £750

    Signed limited edition, number 191 of 300 numbered copies signed by Hughes (from a total signed limited edition of 310). Birthday Letters was Hughes’s controversial collection of poems about his relationship with his deceased first wife, the poet Sylvia Plath. This signed limited edition was …Read more

  1. New Arrival
    More Translations from the Chinese.
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    WALEY, Arthur. WALEY, Arthur.

    More Translations from the Chinese.

    £275

  2. New Arrival
  3. New Arrival
    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.
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    POPE, Jessie. POPE, Jessie.

    Simple Rhymes for Stirring Times.

    £100

  4. New Arrival
  5. New Arrival
    Bath After Sailing.
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    UPDIKE, John. UPDIKE, John.

    Bath After Sailing.

    £475

  6. New Arrival
  7. New Arrival
    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.
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    YOUNG, Edward. YOUNG, Edward.

    The Complaint: Or, Night Thoughts.

    £175

  8. New Arrival
    Hero & Leander.
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    MUSAEUS. MUSAEUS.

    Hero & Leander.

    £400

  9. New Arrival
    Three Madrigals.
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    ASHBERY, John. ASHBERY, John.

    Three Madrigals.

    £225

  10. New Arrival
    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.
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    SOUTHEY, Robert. SOUTHEY, Robert.

    Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.

    £375

  11. New Arrival
    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.
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    SCOTT, Sir Walter and others. SCOTT, Sir Walter...

    The Cambridge Edition of the Poets.

    £3,000

  12. New Arrival
    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.
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    LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch; trans. John Cournos. LERMONTOV, Mikhail Yurievitch;...

    A Song about Tsar Ivan Vasilyevitch, his young body-guard and the valiant merchant Kalashnikov.

    £675

  13. New Arrival
    The Iliad.
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    HOMER. HOMER.

    The Iliad.

    £175

  14. New Arrival
    [Library Edition of the British Poets.]
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    GILFILLAN, George. GILFILLAN, George.

    [Library Edition of the British Poets.]

    £2,250

  15. New Arrival
    Globe-Gliding
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    BROWN, Bob. BROWN, Bob.

    Globe-Gliding

    £650

  16. New Arrival
    Demonics
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    BROWN, Bob. BROWN, Bob.

    Demonics

    £500

  17. New Arrival
    The Collected Works:
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    YEATS, William Butler YEATS, William Butler

    The Collected Works:

    £5,000

  18. New Arrival
    The Complete Poetical Works.
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    WORDSWORTH, William. WORDSWORTH, William.

    The Complete Poetical Works.

    £250

  19. New Arrival
  20. New Arrival
    Selected Poems. 1965-1975.
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    HEANEY, Seamus. HEANEY, Seamus.

    Selected Poems. 1965-1975.

    £600

  21. New Arrival
    A Shropshire Lad.
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    HOUSMAN, A. E. HOUSMAN, A. E.

    A Shropshire Lad.

    £475

  22. New Arrival
    Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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    FLOWER, Robin, trans. FLOWER, Robin, trans.

    Love’s Bitter-Sweet: Translations from the Irish poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

    £225

  23. New Arrival
  24. New Arrival
    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.
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    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.

    £475

  25. New Arrival
    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.
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    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.

    Alastor; or, the Spirit of Solitude: and Other Poems.

    £150

  26. New Arrival
    A Latin Anthology.
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    (LATIN POETRY.) (LATIN POETRY.)

    A Latin Anthology.

    £125

  27. New Arrival
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  29. New Arrival
    Maud, and other poems.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.

    Maud, and other poems.

    £200

  30. New Arrival
    Hailstones.
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    HEANEY, Seamus. HEANEY, Seamus.

    Hailstones.

    £575

  31. New Arrival
    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.
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    (CRANACH PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE, William. (CRANACH PRESS.) SHAKESPEARE,...

    The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke.

    £250,000

  32. New Arrival
    The Arte of English Poesie.
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    [PUTTENHAM, George.] [PUTTENHAM, George.]

    The Arte of English Poesie.

    £45,000

  33. New Arrival
    Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
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    ELIOT, T. S. ELIOT, T. S.

    Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

    £10,000

  34. New Arrival
    The Poetical Works.
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    SCOTT, Sir Walter. SCOTT, Sir Walter.

    The Poetical Works.

    £600

  35. New Arrival
    Christmas Eve.
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    [HEANEY, Seamus.] [HEANEY, Seamus.]

    Christmas Eve.

    £475

  36. New Arrival
    Field Work.
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    HEANEY, Seamus HEANEY, Seamus

    Field Work.

    £250

  37. New Arrival
  38. New Arrival
  39. Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.
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    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord.

    Poems; In Memoriam; Idylls of the King; and The Princess.

    £750

  40. Four Quartets.
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    ELIOT, T. S. ELIOT, T. S.

    Four Quartets.

    £300

  41. Summoned By Bells.
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    BETJEMAN, John. BETJEMAN, John.

    Summoned By Bells.

    £400

  42. Chamber Music.
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    JOYCE, James. JOYCE, James.

    Chamber Music.

    £125

  43. The Waste Land.
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    ELIOT, T. S. ELIOT, T. S.

    The Waste Land.

    £2,750

  44. A Soul for Sale. Poems.
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    KAVANAGH, Patrick. KAVANAGH, Patrick.

    A Soul for Sale. Poems.

    £750

  45. Birthday Letters.
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    HUGHES, Ted. HUGHES, Ted.

    Birthday Letters.

    £750

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