AUDEN, W. H.

AUDEN, W. H.

Rare books by W. H. Auden, including first editions and signed first edition copies of Another Time, New Year Letter, and Marginalia.

W. H. Auden (1907–1973) is widely regarded as one of the great writers of the 20th century. Both controversial and technically brilliant, he is primarily remembered today as a poet.

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  1. Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Poems.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression, in unusually unrestored condition and rare thus. Poems was printed in a run of 1,000 copies. In addition to poetry, this work contains the play "Paid on Both Sides: A Charade", which is dedicated to Cecil Day-Lewis and was written during Auden's stay in Berlin from 1928 to 1929. Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 147943

  2. The Dance of Death.
    AUDEN, W. H. The Dance of Death.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. The director Rupert Doone (1903-1966) "invited Auden to write a ballet-drama in which Doone could take the silent role of a dancer. Auden obliged with The Dance of Death, a brief revue in deliberately unpolished verse and prose that was partly a satire on modern fashion and partly a send-up of revolutionary opposition"... Learn More
    £15.00

    Stock Code: 147808

  3. On this Island.
    AUDEN, W. H. On this Island.

    New York : 1937

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the title page "To Bill Gray. W. H. Auden", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and on one occasion met Ezra Pound. Auden dedicated the poem "The... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 147712

  4. Spain.
    AUDEN, W. H. Spain.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. This title was written after Auden's visit to Spain during the Spanish Civil War, a troubling experience that left him morally ambivalent towards the Republican cause. He published this supportive poem on his return, however, to defend the Republicans against Nazism, which he viewed as the greater evil. The proceeds... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 142191

  5. For the Time Being.
    AUDEN, W. H. For the Time Being.

    London : 1945

    First UK edition, first impression. This volume, first published in the US the previous year, comprises the long poems For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio and The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 147901

  6. For the Time Being.
    AUDEN, W. H. For the Time Being.

    London : 1945

    First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through. This volume, first published in the US the previous year, comprises the long poems For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio and The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 147795

  7. Some Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Some Poems.

    London : 1946

    First edition of this selection, fifth impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through, and with the recipient's bookplate and ownership signature on the front endpaper.

    Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 147394

  8. The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue.
    AUDEN, W. H. The Age of Anxiety: A Baroque Eclogue.

    London : 1948

    First UK edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill with love from Wystan", his printed name struck through. The Age of Anxiety, for which Auden was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1948, was first published in the US the previous year.

    The recipient Dr William... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 147788

  9. Nones.
    AUDEN, W. H. Nones.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page, "To Bill from Wystan", with his printed name struck through. This collection includes the poem "Their Lonely Betters" (p. 18).

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 147723

  10. 147282comp
    AUDEN, W. H. The Collected Poetry.

    New York : 1951

    First edition, eighth printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the front free endpaper: "With best wishes from Wystan Auden. Feb. 1954". It was first published in 1945.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993), with his ownership signature on the front free endpaper, fostered... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 147282

  11. The Shield of Achilles.
    AUDEN, W. H. The Shield of Achilles.

    New York : 1955

    First edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author on the title page "For Bill Gray with best wishes W. H. Auden", his printed name struck through. Auden won the National Book Award in 1956 for this collection of poems.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 147410

  12. For the Time Being.
    AUDEN, W. H. For the Time Being.

    London : 1958

    First UK edition, fifth impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through. This volume comprises the long poems For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio and The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

    The recipient... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 147263

  13. Homage to Clio.
    AUDEN, W. H. Homage to Clio.

    New York : 1960

    First edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "For Bill Gray with best wishes from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through. This collection of poems is marked by "dark themes of public and private violence" (ODNB).

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147377

  14. Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Poems.

    Cincinnati : 1964

    Limited edition, number 41 of 500 copies of this facsimile of the author's first book (a great rarity in the original 1928 edition), familiarly inscribed by him using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 146820

  15. About the House.
    AUDEN, W. H. About the House.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, second printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot,... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 146830

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    AUDEN, W. H. The Orators: An English Study.

    London : 1966

    Third edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through. It was first published in 1932; this edition includes a new foreword, where Auden observes that his past self seems "someone talented but near the border of sanity" (p.... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 147389

  17. The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays.
    AUDEN, W. H. The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays.

    New York : 1968

    First paperback edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through. The Dyer's Hand was first published in 1962, and Auden gave many of these essays as lectures in Oxford while serving as the Professor of Poetry.

    The recipient... Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 147257

  18. Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957.
    AUDEN, W. H. Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957.

    New York : 1968

    First US edition, second printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends, "For Bill with love from Wystan. Feb. 1970", his printed name struck through. Auden has also annotated this copy with a missing line on p. 27 in the poem "Easy Knowledge".

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993)... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 146844

  19. Collected Longer Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Collected Longer Poems.

    New York : 1969

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "Bill with love from Wystan Feb 1970", his printed name struck through. It was originally published in the UK the year before.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147375

  20. Secondary Worlds: Essays.
    AUDEN, W. H. Secondary Worlds: Essays.

    New York : 1969

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author the month after publication using his first name reserved for friends on the front free endpaper: "To Bill Gray from Wystan Feb 1969". The four essays comprising this volume are "The Martyr as Dramatic Hero", "The World of the Sagas", "The World of Opera", and "Words and the Word".... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 147273

  21. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author the year after publication using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "For Patrick Garland. With best wishes, from Wystan Auden June. 1970", his printed name struck through. Garland (1935-2013) was a writer, actor, and director.

    Loosely inserted is a newspaper... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 147003

  22. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.

    New York : 1969

    First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill Gray with love from Wystan. Feb 1970".

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and on one occasion met... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 146846

  23. City Without Walls, and other poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls, and other poems.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 148553

  24. The Ballad of Barnaby.
    AUDEN, W. H. The Ballad of Barnaby.

    New York : 1970

    First edition in book form, first printing, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through.

    Charles Turner, a teacher at Wykeham Rise School in Washington, Connecticut, wrote to Auden requesting that he write something "based on the medieval legend of The Juggler of Notre Dame, for which music would be composed by my... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 148192

  25. Academic Graffiti.
    AUDEN, W. H. Academic Graffiti.

    London : 1971

    First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the front free endpaper: "To Bill, with love from Wystan". This work comprises 61 short, humorous poems ("clerihews") on famous literary or historical figures, each one accompanied by a cartoon.

    The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton... Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 147287

  26. A Certain World: A Commonplace Book.
    AUDEN, W. H. A Certain World: A Commonplace Book.

    London : 1971

    First UK edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill, with love from Wystan", his printed name struck through. Auden described his commonplace book, or his collection of passages from other writers, as a "sort of autobiography" and "a map of my planet" (p. vii).

    It... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 147279

  27. Epistle to a Godson and Other Poems.
    AUDEN, W. H. Epistle to a Godson and Other Poems.

    London : 1972

    First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill Gray from Wystan", his printed name struck through. Auden dedicated the poem "The Aliens" to Gray in this volume (pp. 35-36); Auden has also corrected "United Nations Hymn" (p. 60).

    This was the last collection... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 147414

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