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  1. 133123
    First complete translation into English verse of the poems of Hafiz, copy number 36 of an unstated limitation of the ordinary issue (there being also a rare large paper issue). John Payne's (1842-1916) privately printed translations for the erotic Villon Society include Boccaccio's Decameron, Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat, and... Learn More
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  2. 131850comp
    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 64 of 375 copies signed by the author, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's... Learn More
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  3. 133060
    First folio and first illustrated edition of Milton's epic. In contrast to the plain dress first edition in small quarto of 1667 and the two octavo editions of 1674 and 1678, this folio edition (the fourth overall) announces the acceptance of Milton as a great national poet. The frontispiece has commendatory verses by John... Learn More
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  4. 131376
    First Florence Press edition, number 100 of 260 copies printed on handmade paper, in an appealing Cosway-style binding, incorporating a fine miniature half-length portrait of Byron based on the 1813 portrait by Richard Westall. These elaborate bindings, named after the famous Regency miniaturist Richard Cosway, were a style... Learn More
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  5. 133077
    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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  6. 132868
    First edition, first printing, one of 500 copies printed for private circulation. This finely produced edition of the text of Heaney's Nobel Prize acceptance speech, delivered in December 1995, is much scarcer than the Gallery Books paperback published in Ireland in the same year, and preceded only by the unbound sheets... Learn More
    £200

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  7. 132664comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by Auden on the first blank. This amusing pre-war travelogue was written collaboratively by Isherwood and Auden in prose and verse respectively. Learn More
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  8. 132964
    First edition, first impression, trade issue, printed in a run of 2,000 copies on 29 April; 2,000 copies were printed for a US trade issue in September of the same year. Learn More
    £250

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  9. 118722comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy to a fellow poet, with an original unpublished manuscript poem laid-in. This set is inscribed by Browning in each volume to Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-1895), the well-connected Victorian poet and bibliophile who was well-acquainted with the likes of Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot,... Learn More
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  10. 132197
    Michael Robartes and the Dancer is an important Yeats collection, notable for its mythical imagining of contemporary politics...."> First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats on All Souls Day 1920, very scarce in the jacket, and containing the first appearance of "The Second Coming". Michael Robartes and the Dancer is an important Yeats collection, notable for its mythical imagining of contemporary politics.... Learn More
    £2,500

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  11. 131846comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 182 of 375 copies signed by the author to the verso of the half-title, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is not found with this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan,... Learn More
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  12. 131022

    Poems.

    London: 1881

    First edition, first issue. One of only 250 copies for the first issue; 750 copies were printed in total, but the remaining 500 copies were equally split between the second and third issues, with new title pages stating second and third editions. Publisher's presentation copy, with the title page stamped "with the publisher's... Learn More
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  13. 132842
    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce anthology of German and Italian poetry translated into English by noted Victorian fantasy writer George MacDonald, including the Spiritual Songs of Novalis. Also presented are English renditions of Luther, Schiller, Goethe, Heine, Petrarch, Milton (from his Italian), and others.... Learn More
    £875

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  14. 129602
    First edition, first impression, one of only 300 copies printed. This collection, finely printed by Yeats's sister Elizabeth C. Yeats, collects the best of Yeats's love poetry, including He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven and Adam's Curse. Elizabeth's "clearly legible, slender volumes with their distinctive paper labels... Learn More
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  15. 128085

    Poems of the Past and Present.

    London & New York: 1902 [but 1901]

    First edition, one of 500 copies. A nice example of the presentation binding of Hardy's second volume of verse. The book was published in November 1901, and this was advertised as "a Special Edition, suitable for presentation, bound in white and gold." It is unknown how many are thus bound but it can not have been many,... Learn More
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  16. 132809comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by both Auden and Isherwood on the title page and rare thus. Auden and Isherwood were commissioned by Faber and Faber and Random House to write a travel book about the East. They decided to visit China, then at war with Japan, in the spring and summer of 1938. On their travels they... Learn More
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  17. 94720
    A superbly presented, deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), the wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton. The manuscript was produced between the years 1796, when the author was only eighteen years old, and... Learn More
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  18. 63169
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
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    E. M. Forster's copy of the Nonesuch Donne (this an early edition, first printed in 1929), with his ink ownership inscription, "E.M. Forster at West Hackhurst" to front free endpaper, and his bookplate to front pastedown. Forster was acquainted with Nonesuch co-founder David Garnett. This copy derives from the sale of Forster's... Learn More
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  20. 132730comp
    First English-language edition of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular... Learn More
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  21. 132634comp
    First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his... Learn More
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    Icaro.

    New York: 1933

    First edition in English, US issue, first printing, presentation copy from the translator to the publisher, of this 1928 Olympic Prizewinning verse-play by the extraordinary Italian poet Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), first printed in Italian (Milan 1930), here printed for the first time with facing Italian-English text. The... Learn More
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  23. 131065
    First edition, number 14 of 90 copies signed and dated by Gysin at the foot. This is a very scarce piece of original Gysin poem-art, bringing his obsession with experimental cut-up techniques to bear upon his own name to create a quasi-incantatory scroll of nonsense. Only two copies are listed on WorldCat, one at SUNY and... Learn More
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    First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 152 of 300 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the twentieth century. Learn More
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  25. 130187
    First edition, Ezra Pound's copy, of this T. S. Eliot play which was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival 1958. This copy has the ownership inscription "Pound" to the front free endpaper in the hand of Pound's wife Olivia Shakespear, and the Brunnenberg castle blindstamp to the title page. Pound stayed at Brunnenburg,... Learn More
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  26. 132656

    Eight Poems.

    London: January 1916

    First edition, number 18 of 122 copies on Italian hand-made paper, from an edition of 200 copies only. The first page features a lurid full-page nude design in red by Austin Osman Spare, of which Yeats intensely disapproved. Learn More
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  27. 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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  28. 132617
    First edition of the first collection of Serbian poetry in English. The translator John Bowring (1792-1872) learnt several languages as a boy from foreign traders on the quay at Exeter, and his translations did much to introduce then little-known literatures to the English speaking world. He would go on to have an adventurous... Learn More
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  29. 132663
    First edition, first impression, very scarce deluxe issue on India paper, of this poetic anthology by Yeats, including 14 of his own poems. The selection proved somewhat controversial among critics, with Yeats giving heavy representation to his Irish friends, and pointedly refusing to include Wilfred Owen and other war poets.... Learn More
    £475

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  30. 132581
    First edition, first issue (state A, with the word "Shropshire" on the paper spine label measuring 33 mm wide, one of 250 copies thus), of Housman's influential poetry collection. The entire first printing, made at Housman's expense after Macmillan rejected the book, consisted of 500 sets of sheets, of which 250 were bound... Learn More
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  31. 132563
    First complete edition of this collection of contemporary German poetry, gathering 73 poems alongside 20 biographical accounts of the authors. A portion of the collection, translated by Benjamin Beresford, was published in 1801-1803 in Berlin; its popularity led to this expanded edition, with new translations by Joseph Charles... Learn More
    £450

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    The Edwardians (1930) for the stage...."> Signed limited edition, number 94 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist. A presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sackville-West on the front free endpaper, "For Dorothy, from Vita". A prior owner has identified the recipient as Dorothy Black, the actress who adapted The Edwardians (1930) for the stage.... Learn More
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  33. 130165
    With only..."> First edition, presentation copy from John James Ruskin, the father of John Ruskin, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Emma Edwardes: From the Author's Father with his Kindest Regards. 3. February 1851". The recipient, Emma Edwardes, was the stepdaughter of John James Ruskin's physician, Dr. George Grant.
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  34. The Calling of the Sea.
    First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More
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  35. 84605
    First edition, first impression; one of only 425 copies. Yeats's Packet for Ezra Pound presents one side of an intriguingly unlikely literary and personal friendship; Yeats, who lived with Pound more than once (first in Ashdown Forest, where Pound's ostensibly secretarial status produced the drastic renovation of Yeats's... Learn More
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  36. 72150comp

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal..."> First and limited edition, signed by Stevens; this one of just 10 copies for review and marked "out of series", from a total edition of 165.

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal... Learn More
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  37. 132141
    First Belgian edition, first printing, (third overall), number 49 of 25 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder antique, with the additional suite of proofs of the engravings on auvergne paper, from a total edition of 492. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent... Learn More
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  38. 132292detail
    First collected edition of Yeats's work, 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 of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. As a production, this collected edition is regarded as a marvellous piece of... Learn More
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  39. 132516
    First edition, first impression, of Yeats's occult work, one of only 450 copies, printed by his sister Elizabeth and published on All Hallow's Eve. Learn More
    £450

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  40. 132514
    First edition, first impression; one of 400 copies of this memoir of Yeats's first four years in London. Learn More
    £300

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  41. 132515
    First edition thus. This is one of 250 copies of this second selection by Yeats of the poems of Oliver Gogarty, likened by him in his opening poem, The Crab Tree, to "a tart crop" of wild apples. It was preceded by the 1926 private edition of 50 copies which did not include Yeats's preface. Learn More
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  42. 132509
    First 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. The US edition was slightly preceded by the UK edition. Learn More
    £750

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  43. 132508
    First Nonesuch India paper edition, in the scarce publisher's deluxe vellum binding, and the rare dust jacket. Geoffrey Keynes was a highly-respected Blake scholar, and the brother of the economist John Maynard Keynes. With the publisher's advertisement loosely inserted. Learn More
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  44. 132477
    First edition of Konstantin Balmont's translation of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, the most complete pre-revolutionary edition of Whitman's work in Russian. Whitman's work was translated into Russian surprisingly late; Turgenev had undertaken some translations in the 1860s, which remained unpublished, and proposed a full translation... Learn More
    £1,750

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  45. 132455
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of Malaysian poetry, with the text printed in both the original language and English translations by the colonial police officer Arthur Wedderburn Hartwig "Haji" Hamilton (1887-1967), who arrived in Malaya in 1909 and joined the Malayan Police. He became fluent in Malay and... Learn More
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  46. 132444
    First English edition, first issue, of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, here named Poems, which "gave Whitman his first British readership" (ODNB). Whitman made several revisions to the poems for this edition, and unusually allowed his work to be edited. However, the editor William Michael Rossetti felt that much of Whitman's... Learn More
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  47. 132401
    A handsomely bound copy of Shakespeare's collected plays and poetry. Learn More
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  48. 132295
    A handsomely bound set of Shelley's poetry. The text is the edition of Buxton Forman (first published 1876-1877), who, despite being a notorious bibliographical forger, nevertheless "produced impressive editions of Shelley and Keats... by channelling a general enthusiasm into a minute study of textual details, for which... Learn More
    £275

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  49. 132302
    First edition, first printing, from the library of fellow poet Richmond Lattimore (1906-1984), with his ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Poems, the author's second book, contains the poems from her first book, North & South (1946), as well as the 18 new poems that constituted the new "Cold... Learn More
    £500

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  50. 129954
    First edition. Chodzko was "Polish poet and diplomat, the first European scholar to work on Persian folklore" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). This book came after eleven years in the Russian diplomatic service in Persia, in which he spent much time gathering oral materials, particularly from Northern Persia. The largest part of... Learn More
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  51. 127527
    First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed".... Learn More
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  52. 132242
    First trade edition, first impression. The copy of the prominent anarchist art critic Herbert Read (1893-1968), with his pencilled ownership signature dated February 1915 to the front free endpaper. Max Weber (1881-1961) is the Jewish-American artist generally credited with introducing European avant-garde movements, including... Learn More
    £550

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  53. 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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  55. 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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  57. 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
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  58. 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
    £2,750

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  59. 124421comp
    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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  60. 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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