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  1. 132139detail
    First editions, early issues, of all volumes except Volume III, which is a second edition, and Volume XI, which is bound without advertisements. Lasner notes that although it is nearly impossible to determine the exact issue of a given set of The Yellow Book, "no volume without the advertisements can be a true first edition"... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. "The whole tone of the book is philosophical involving a series of meditations on relativity and Time" (Patrick J. Quinn ed., New Perspectives on Robert Graves, 1999, p. 75). Nicholson's sinister cover design of a hanging bat is stunning. Learn More
    £475

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  3. 130036comp
    First edition, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's copy, with his ownership inscription at the head of the title, presented by him to his daughter Sara Coleridge, inscribed on the blank recto of the frontispiece, "Sara Coleridge, from her affectionate Father, S. T. Coleridge", and on a slip mounted on the preceding blank, "N.B. I... Learn More
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  4. 131565
    First edition, inscribed by Florence Nightingale on the half-title, "Mrs. Webb Watson, with the kind and grateful regards of Florence Nightingale, Dec. 1865". The work was subsequently re-gifted by Webb, "Presented to L. Martin Edmunds by Mrs. Webb Watson". Nightingale's choice of this work as a gift provides insight into... Learn More
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    Enough Rope.

    New York: 1933 & 1934

    First editions, specially bound presentation copies, warmly inscribed by Parker to Frances Marion on inserted card before each work: "This signature is for Frances Marion I wish I had hers Dorothy Parker", and "To Frances Marion, than whom Dorothy Parker". While signed limited editions of Parker's work do appear at auction,... Learn More
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  6. 131524comp
    Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie was Angelou's first book of poetry, many of which were originally songs she previously performed..."> First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper, "For Bob, More Poetry, More Joy! Thank you! Write On! Direct On! Maya Angelou". Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie was Angelou's first book of poetry, many of which were originally songs she previously performed... Learn More
    £400

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  7. 131296comp
    First edition, first impression, Sayers's own copy of her first appearance in book form, with her ownership signature to the half-title and authorial corrections in manuscript to her poem "Lay" (p. 50), and with the publisher's compliments slip tipped-in to the half-title. Sayers composed the poem while in her final year... Learn More
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  8. 131293
    First editions, first impressions, of the three works with which Margaret Busby, Britain's youngest and first black woman book publisher, launched her publishing house Allison and Busby Limited (A&B), co-founded with Clive Allison. Busby worked as the house's editorial director for 20 years, during which time A&B published... Learn More
    £100

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  9. 131196comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by Pankhurst on the front pastedown, "Presented to Alberto Tamb? by Sylvia Pankhurst, 1940". The recipient has added their ownership inscription in pencil on the same page, "Property of Alberto Tamb?", and additionally annotated the work in pencil on a couple of pages. This edition... Learn More
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  10. 130897
    First edition thus, limited issue, number 70 of 100 copies printed on Japon for the Guild of Women Binders and finely bound in their workshop. The Guild was established in 1898 by a bookseller, Frank Karslake, as "a way of publicising and promoting the sale of books bound by women" (Tidcombe pp. 27-8). Karslake set up the... Learn More
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  11. 130792
    First edition, first impression, of the very scarce true first book appearance of the poetry of American poet Mary Oliver (19352019), preceding the US edition by two years, since Oliver was briefly living in London at the time. The print run was small and many copies went to libraries, further contributing to the rarity... Learn More
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  12. 130538comp
    Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well was Angelou's second volume of poetry; James Baldwin wrote of the work..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Maureen, Joy! Maya Angelou". Loosely inserted into this copy is a candid polaroid of Angelou taken at the book signing. Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well was Angelou's second volume of poetry; James Baldwin wrote of the work... Learn More
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  13. 130434
    First edition, first impression, in the rare dust jacket, of Brittain's first book and her only volume of war poetry, together with three typed letters signed and three autograph postcards by the author laid in. Published in August 1918, shortly after the death of her brother Edward, Verses of a V.A.D. consists of poetry... Learn More
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    First edition, superb presentation copy of Atwood's first regularly published book, one of 200 copies issued in wrappers aside from a "Library edition" issue of 50 hardback copies. Atwood has warmly inscribed the half-title, "For Jim Carscallen with thanks for help on earlier MSS., & remembrance of large Vancouver slugs,... Learn More
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  15. 132016comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To dear Dora Clarke from Julian, April 1932". The recipient Dora Thacker Clarke (18951989) was a British sculptor and wood carver who also wrote about, and promoted African art. She was a good friend of the Huxleys; her bronze of a Kikuyu girl was reproduced as the... Learn More
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  16. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Pete, wherever you are, whoever, FW" and signed by the author over his printed name. Learn More
    £750

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  17. 132058detail
    First edition, one of 750 quarto sets for subscribers (there were also copies issued one month later in both large paper and small folio format) of one of the most important publications of its era, notable for establishing Pope as probably the first true professional poet in English. The particular method of publication... Learn More
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  18. 96201
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp on the half-title. A collection of verses by the socialist intellectual, including two entitled "Hail, Hitler!" and "The Nazi Declares His Creed". Learn More
    £40

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    First edition, first printing, of this collection of poems by the former US President. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper and by the illustrator on the title page. Learn More
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  20. 132035
    First edition (with the London edition slightly preceding the US edition), first issue with textual errors. The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow's epic poem of a Native American love story, is one of the most enduring productions of American Romanticism. Learn More
    £350

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  21. 131990
    First edition printed with the types of Bodoni; first published in two parts at Naples in 1780-86. "A Neapolitan general, Vicenzo Imperiale... presents La Faoniade: Inni ed odi di Saffo as a translation of a previously unknown work by Sappho, newly discovered in true Ossianic fashion by 'the famous Russian scholar Ossur,'... Learn More
    £1,750

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  22. 131974
    First edition thus, newly illustrated including six plates by Henry Fuseli (1741-1825), the Swiss painter and draughtsman known for his depictions of the supernatural, such as his 1781 oil painting The Nightmare. Three of the plates are engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi. The publisher Francis Isaac Du Roveray (1772-1849),... Learn More
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  23. 100869
    First edition, second impression, number 507 of a limited issue of 1,000 copies. Although the colophon describes this as the "second edition" Gallup confirms it is actually a second impression from the same setting of type as the first, with the error "mount in" on line 339, p. 41 left uncorrected. Learn More
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  24. 125916
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies issued. Poems was Brooke's first collection, his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution. Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros; he died on 23 April 1915... Learn More
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  25. 123152

    Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.

    Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin: 26 September [1934]

    A fascinating letter written by Yeats to his friend William Force Stead (1884-1967), expounding the symbolic meanings in the ring that Yeats had had made for him by Edmund Dulac.
    Stead was an American-born poet, literary scholar, and Anglican clergyman, who studied at Oxford and then became chaplain and fellow at Worcester... Learn More
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  26. Miscellaneous Poems.
    First edition of this very scarce early collected edition of Shelley's poetry, in the rare original boards. This Benbow piracy selects Shelley's poetry from various previously published editions, collecting mainly from the Posthumous Poems edition of 1824, but with some notable examples drawn from earlier publications. Excepting... Learn More
    £1,750

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  27. 11714
    Second edition (first published 1818) of this humorous poem, detailing the adventures of a new recruit in the navy. Learn More
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  28. 129967
    First edition, signed by "Elizabeth" on the half-title. Published at the height of the Georgian volunteer movement for the war against Napoleon, this book contains a series of engraving based on drawings by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III, showing cupid training to fight the French. Each picture depicting scenes... Learn More
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  29. 60864
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £450

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  30. 123967
    First and only edition, number 166 of 191 copies. A rare collection of tributes to the French Dada and Surrealist painter and poet Francis Picabia, with contributions by artists including Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Pierre de Massot. Francis Picabia was one of the major early figures of the Dada movement in France and America.... Learn More
    £425

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  31. 117395comp
    First US edition, first printing, rare presentation copy, thrice signed by the author and twice by her lover and literary agent Molly Malone Cook: inscribed by Oliver on the half-title, "March 1965 For Walter, Mary", signed on the title page, and inscribed by her on the final text leaf on the verso "still for Walter, Mary";... Learn More
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  32. 118720
    First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death, here bound together with the first edition of his Juvenilia. This copy of Poems has the two inserted leaves with "The Printer to the Understanders" and Hexastichon Bibliopolae, not always present, and has the leaf Nn1 in... Learn More
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  33. 126162
    First edition of this rare collection of poems by Mary Elizabeth Southwell Leathley, opening with two feminist pieces both entitled "The Wrongs of Woman". As well as poetry Leathley published children's books and bible stories from the 1840s to 1900s. This privately printed production is rare: Copac records only two copies... Learn More
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  34. 116338
    First edition, one of 125 copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. The poem was first published in RTÉ Guide the preceding year under the title The Workshop. Learn More
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  35. 131825
    Limited facsimile reprint of the 1893 Kelmscott Press edition of Shakespeare's poems; number 31 of 100 numbered copies initialled by the binder Alfred Brazier and the pressman Ridley Burnett, with a further ten lettered copies for presentation. Learn More
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  36. 131820
    Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of 52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised... Learn More
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  37. 131782
    First edition, first impression, one of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in June 1927, the dust jacket numbered 92 in pencil on the front panel. This collection contain the first publication of "Sailing to Byzantium", and "Among School Children", and also contains "The Tower" (first published in The Criterion in June... Learn More
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  38. 131763comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. North is widely considered to be Heaney's key collection of poems in which he deals directly with the political conflicts in Northern Ireland. The work is uncommon in the present hardback issue. Learn More
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  39. 131762comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the epic poem, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More
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  40. 131779
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies, printed by Elizabeth Yeats in June 1922. The work contains poems such as "All Souls' Night" and "Nineteen-Hundred and Nineteen", here entitled "Thoughts upon the Present State of the World". The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run... Learn More
    £350

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  41. 131775
    First edition, first impression, one of 450 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in November 1932. This collection includes Yeats's Byzantium and the Crazy Jane poems. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run with Lily Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the... Learn More
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  42. 131774
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in December 1935, with the errata slip laid in. The included memoirs first appeared in The London Mercury in November and December of that year. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run with Lily... Learn More
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  43. 131703
    First edition, first impression. Although the stated limitation was of 200 copies, there appear to have been 303 copies printed, with 128 copies left standing unbound in quires (see Nelson), and it is possible that this copy was bound for Hatchards from one of the remaining unbound sheets. Wilde's poem, together with Charles... Learn More
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  44. 131646
    First complete edition of the Lyrical Ballads, in a striking near-contemporary binding, comprising the first edition of vol. II, and the second edition of vol. I. First published in 1798 in a single volume, this two-volume edition largely reprints the 1798 edition as the first volume, with the second volume comprising 41... Learn More
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  45. 131635

    The Works.

    Edinburgh: 1877-9

    First William Scott Douglas edition, described by ODNB as a "splendid, six-volume library edition. The poems in this edition are arranged chronologically, and while it was the most sumptuous yet published it was also the most complete and correct regarding both text and notes". Douglas (1815-1883) "worked as a mercantile... Learn More
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  46. 131642
    First illustrated edition, the copy of Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1822-1916), granddaughter of George III and by marriage Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with her device to covers, her stamp to title page, and inscribed to her by a friend as a Christmas gift in the year of publication, when she was still 19 years... Learn More
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  47. 131465
    First edition, first impression, in a variant purple cloth, of Radclyffe Hall's third published work, this copy with a pleasing association, bearing a Christmas gift inscription of Lady Maud "Emerald" Cunard (mother of Nancy) to Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland, in pencil on the first blank, "Xmas 1910 Violet from Emerald... Learn More
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  48. 131113comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Tom Maschler from Louis Zukofsky enjoying his company at home August 31, 1965", and with the copyright dates of previously published works ink-stamped by hand on the copyright page. With Tom Maschler's bookplate, designed... Learn More
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  49. 127252
    An exceptional example of one of Cavafy's rare, studiously assembled poetry collections, comprising 54 poems, two supplied by the author in autograph ("Dangerous Thoughts" and "Tomb of the Grammarian Lysias"), the others privately printed at his own expense in the form of loose sheets, with manuscript additions and emendations,... Learn More
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  50. 130694
    First Nonesuch edition, number 1,395 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, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with reproductions of Sandro... Learn More
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  51. 131730
    First edition, first printing, 4,282 copies were published. "Perhaps no one at home or in exile made claim to Pushkin's legacy more faithfully than Nabokov. Born one hundred years after Pushkin in 1899, Nabokov adopted him as his personal muse and never abandoned that calling. He took Pushkin as his fellow traveler on every... Learn More
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  52. 131664comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. This is the first appearance of "Leda and the Swan" and "Meditations in the time of Civil War", and was printed in a limited edition of 500 copies by Elizabeth Yeats at The Cuala Press, one half of Cuala Industries. A co-operative business run with... Learn More
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  53. 117521
    First edition of the first English version of the complete Divine Comedy to be published, which is greatly significant for "assisting to re-establish an audience for Dante, whose reputation had suffered a decline in the previous century" (ODNB). The translator Henry Boyd (1748/9-1832) was a Church of Ireland clergyman. He... Learn More
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  54. 131639
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only, in a highly attractive custom binding, with the design incorporating the poem's multiple references to wine. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by... Learn More
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  55. 128218comp
    First edition, signed limited issue. One of 590 copies signed by the author on the title page, and printed on rag paper. The typography is by the distinguished American typographer Bruce Rogers. Learn More
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  56. 131578
    First and limited edition, copy L of 15 copies not for sale, out of a total limitation of 465 copies; a trade edition of 2,000 copies was also released. Learn More
    £675

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  57. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £300

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  58. 131530comp
    First collected edition, signed limited issue, number 728 of 1,000 copies signed by the author on the half-title. This edition, which constituted Frost's first collected edition, brings together poems from his early collections: A Boy's Will, North of Boston, Mountain Interval, New Hampshire, and West-Running Brook. An unsigned... Learn More
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  59. 131513comp
    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce first instalment in the works of Argentine poet Pedro B. Palacios (1854-1917, who wrote as "Almafuerte"). This is a superb association copy with the ownership inscription of his Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) to the first blank. Borges in his early career, before turning to short... Learn More
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  60. 131430
    First edition of Tennyson's first published collection following his appointment as Poet Laureate in 1850. This volume is also notable as the first trade issue of The Charge of the Light Brigade, which had been printed privately as a separate issue poem in an edition of 1,000 earlier the same year for soldiers fighting... Learn More
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