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  1. 131181
    Limited edition, number 66 of 500 copies signed by the publisher. A handsome set including all of the major poetry and prose. Learn More
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  2. 122696
    First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated... Learn More
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  3. 130467comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the editor Richard Holmes to the Bloomsbury Group member Frances Partridge, inscribed on the front free endpaper "Frances Partridge from Richard Holmes with warmest wishes Nov. '84". Then in her 84th year of her 103-year life, Partridge was one of the last survivors... Learn More
    £125

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  4. 130720
    A most attractively bound copy showing strong arts and crafts influence, decorated with trailing lanceolate leaves and nine-petalled flowers. Learn More
    £750

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  5. 131130
    First edition, first impression, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility"... Learn More
    £2,500

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  6. 130733detail
    The Sussex Edition, number 101 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. In his last years and with his health failing Kipling continued the gathering-up of existing material that resulted in "the great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan... Learn More
    £15,000

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  7. 130173comp
    First edition thus. Presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand to the front free endpaper, "Presented, with the sincere respect and esteem of the Author, to Mrs Moberly of Winchester, the very kind and valued friend of his departed sister Mary Lyell. Kinnordy, 23. July 1843". The recipient was Mary Ann Moberly (18121890)... Learn More
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  8. 128186
    First edition, sole printing, of Rosenberg's second of only three poetry pamphlets published in his lifetime. This work, containing 22 poems, was published in a run of roughly 100 copies just prior to his enlistment in the army. Rosenberg attended the Slade School and quickly became one of the most celebrated of the British... Learn More
    £500

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  9. 130960comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. This copy additionally bears an inscription of love by man of letters and bookseller Maurice Firuski, to his wife, Elvia Scoville Firuski, on the first blank, "I'm tired of hiding our love;/aren't you? Very well-then-/... Learn More
    £3,750

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  10. 118081
    An attractive Oxford edition of the only surviving work by the Greek poet thought to have lived in Alexandria in the 2nd century AD, printed with the Latin commentary of Eustathius (d. 1195/6) and four attractive maps illustrating Greek geographical knowledge. Classical works were published at Oxford from the 1580s onwards,... Learn More
    £650

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  11. 118084
    Second edition of Walker's useful anthology of Latin poetry, in a splendid contemporary binding, unsigned but resembling the work of Charles Lewis (1786-1836). Walker (1795-1846), though best remembered as a Shakespeare scholar, won a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, almost entirely on the strength of his classical... Learn More
    £750

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  12. 130988comp

    Roger Sessions (1896-1985) won a special Pulitzer..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the dedicatee Stephen Spender to the American composer Roger Sessions and his wife Barbara, inscribed by Spender on the front free endpaper: "For Barbara & Roger Sessions from Stephen Spender. Berlin June 27. 1932".

    Roger Sessions (1896-1985) won a special Pulitzer... Learn More
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  13. 130740detail
    First edition thus, bringing together Buxton Forman's 1876-7 edition of Shelley's Poetical works and his 1880 edition of Shelley's Prose works. Buxton Forman, the notorious bibliographical forger, nevertheless "produced impressive editions of Shelley and Keats... by channelling a general enthusiasm into a minute study of... Learn More
    £1,875

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  14. 121514
    First Sett edition, one of 250 copies printed, of this scarce privately printed Rubaiyat illustrated by Parsee artist Mera Ben Kavas Sett. In his lengthy foreword Sett stakes his claim that his Rubaiyat "is original in being the interpretation of a Persian (Parsee)", and also notes that "Some of the English publishers found... Learn More
    £750

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  15. 111586
    First Dulac edition, first impression. There is a signature to the title page in imitation of the author's hand. Learn More
    £1,750

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  16. 130939detail
    A handsomely bound set of this most attractive printing of Milton's works, preserving the original orthography. Learn More
    £1,500

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  17. 130847comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. A collection of Eliot's "most important" literary essays which "revisit the French symbolists and the development of language in twentieth-century poetry" (ODNB). Dedicated to Valerie, his secretary, whom he married... Learn More
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  18. 130865
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies, including the first appearance of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. With the ownership inscription of John Wilton Haines on the front free endpaper, "J W Haines, Hucclecote, in Gloucester". Haines (1875-1960) was a poet, solicitor, and botanist, closely associated with... Learn More
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  19. 126427
    First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 unnumbered copies. The copy of Ted Hughes, unmarked as such, who contributed the poem "To be Harry". This copy is from the collection of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
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  20. 130381comp
    First edition, hors commerce copy, inscribed by Cocteau on the front wrapper, "Pour madame de Brontelle respectueux hommage Jean Cocteau". This was the author's first book, published when he was only 19 years old, a poetical collection inspired by the Mille et un nuits. "Cocteau's poetry was at one with his Parisian image... Learn More
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  21. 130280
    First and only edition of Golding's first published work. Though Macmillan's records were destroyed in the war, it is evident that very few copies were printed. "Although in later life Golding was dismissive of this volume, and of his abilities as a poet, the collection anticipates some of the concerns that became central... Learn More
    £1,750

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  22. 130832comp
    First Bodoni edition, number 63 of 290 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
    £4,500

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  23. 130724
    First Sangorski & Sutcliffe edition, from a deluxe issue of 550 copies, this copy out of series and in a fine contemporary customer binding. Sangorski & Sutcliffe's rendering of FitzGerald and Khayyám's masterpiece unquestionably ranks among the finest editions of the poem, strikingly bound, attractively printed and elaborately... Learn More
    £2,250

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  24. 130714
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by the artist hitherto unpublished. Learn More
    £375

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  25. 129168
    The pioneering classical scholar Anne Dacier (c.1654-1720) was the only daughter of the noted Hellenist..."> First Dacier editions: a complete set of the first translation of Homer by a woman. Rendered into French prose, Dacier's translation of the Iliad and Odyssey is considered her "crowning achievement" (Folger, p. 34).
    The pioneering classical scholar Anne Dacier (c.1654-1720) was the only daughter of the noted Hellenist... Learn More
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  26. 130715
    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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  27. 130084comp
    First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. A superb association copy, with the humorous gift inscription of Sylvia Lynd, poet and founder of the Book Society, to her husband, critic, and journalist, "Robert Lynd - 27.11.'17. (an unbirthday present.) from S. L." (Robert's actual birthday was 20 April). Both Robert (1879-1949)... Learn More
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  28. 128258
    First edition, first impression, in a state not listed by Eckert, with no advertisements at the rear. This work is Thomas's third collection of poetry, posthumously published the year after he was killed in action in France. Learn More
    £200

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  29. 130658
    First edition thus, crediting both Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke as editors. The text used was first issued, solely credited to Mary, in 1860. Mary Cowden Clarke (1809-1898) "felt particular 'pride and gratification'" in having edited the works of Shakespeare "as it made her 'the first (and as yet, only) woman editor of... Learn More
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  30. Man Does, Woman Is.
    First edition, first impression. "Man Does, Woman Is closes a three-book sequence dramatizing the vicissitudes of poetic love. Because such love walks on a knife-edge between two different fates, parts XV and XVI - these numbers stand for additions to my collected Poems 1959, and to the 1961 and 1962 supplements - supply... Learn More
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  31. 130656comp
    Signed limited issue, letter "F" of 26 lettered copies (with a further 100 numbered copies also issued), signed by Philip Larkin, Jenny Lewis, C. Day Lewis and T. C. Skeat on the limitation page. A further 2,000 unsigned trade copies were also published simultaneously. Learn More
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  32. 130621

    Wodwo.

    London: 1967

    First edition, first impression. A collection of poems, short stories and a radio play, The Wound. Hughes described this work "as a single adventure, 'a descent into destruction' (Faas, 205)" (ODNB). Learn More
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  33. 130616comp
    Signed limited edition, number 232 of 750 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
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  34. 130615comp
    First Bull edition, signed limited issue, number 17 of 250 deluxe copies signed by the illustrator. FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát was first published in 1859, anonymously and at his own expense. Initially a failure, the translation was rapidly accepted as a classic of English literature, and became a favourite... Learn More
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  35. 130533comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the first blank, "To Silvia, with love and affection, from Edward - May 1931". Edward James (1907-1984), was an aristocratic arts patron key in the 1930s literary scene. "There is no clue to the identity of 'Mary' in the sonnets but Edward wrote elsewhere... Learn More
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  36. 130574
    First edition of the complete poem; the first two Giornata were published separately in Venice in 1600. The dedicatory letter of the editor, Angelo Ingegnari, is dated 1 September 1607 at Rome. Some copies apparently lack the preface and final errata leaf, both present in this copy. Tasso's posthumously published poem, a... Learn More
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  37. 130507comp
    Signed limited edition, number 65 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist, printed on japon, and with engraved chapter headings not featured in the trade issue. This poem, dedicated to her lover Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956), was "an ambitious attempt to write a modern version of Virgil's Georgics by celebrating the... Learn More
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  38. 130496comp
    First UK edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 60 of 100 copies signed by the author and printed on japon. A signed limited issue of 500 copies, signed by the printer and publisher and bound in limp vellum, and a trade issue, of an unknown print run, were also released. Kipling's collected verse was first published... Learn More
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  39. 127580
    First edition, first printing. Gibran is one of a select group of literary geniuses whose greatest works were written in a language other than that of their birth. Others would include Beckett, Conrad and Nabokov. Born in the Lebanon Gibran emigrated to the US and having published several works in Arabic he produced The... Learn More
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  40. 125313
    First US edition of the Annie Fish Rubáiyát, the UK edition was published the same year; copies with the dust jacket are decidedly scarce. Anne Harriet Fish (1890-1914) was one of the wittiest and most trenchant cartoonist-illustrators of the 20s. She studied under John Hassall, at the London School of Art and in Paris.... Learn More
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  41. 90598comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed in the hand of Bolan's wife June with a poem, signed on Bolan's behalf, and again signed with his name in her hand on the title page. The poem reads: "'your coat is made of stars / O conjuror of light / your hair is like a Druid's wand / my Morgana of the night' * love, Marc Bolan... Learn More
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  42. 86904
    First edition, first impression, second issue in the black cloth. The author's first poetry collection, written while he was still a student at Oxford. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £525

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  43. 130332
    First edition, limited issue, number 137 of 550 copies on handmade paper. Learn More
    £350

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  44. 130327
    First edition, first impression, of the poet's second major collection. Learn More
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  45. 126085comp
    First edition, first impression of Tares; first edition, fourth impression of Song. Presentation copies from Ted Hughes to Sylvia Plath, each inscribed respectively on the front free endpaper: "To Sylvia on her birthday, with love, from Ted, Oct 27th 1961" and "To Sylvia on her birthday, from Ted, with love, October 27th... Learn More
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  46. 128893
    First edition, first impression, of Dahl's collection of poetry about animals. Learn More
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  47. 130374
    First edition, an "unmutilated" copy, with title page and final leaf intact, and including the poetic dedication to Harriet. Queen Mab was Shelley's most provocative poem and a key radical text in the early years of the 19th century. The entire edition was 250 copies, to be privately distributed by Shelley himself, who also... Learn More
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  48. 130347
    A handsomely bound copy of Shelley's poetry. Learn More
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  49. 126941
    First edition. The diplomat and orientalist Gore Ouseley (1770-1844) served as ambassador to the Qajar court, and became acquainted with Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic. In the present work, published posthumously, Ouseley set out to make Persian poetry known to English readers. Working from manuscripts in his own collection,... Learn More
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  50. 124934
    First edition, first impression, of David Jones's epic poetic memoir, tackling the trauma of his trench experiences in the First World War after his breakdown from shell-shock in 1932. In Parenthesis won Jones the Hawthornden Prize and the praise of such writers as W. H. Auden, who considered it "a masterpiece" in which... Learn More
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  51. 124282comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Para Gomez Sicre, afectuosamente, Neruda, 1942, Mex". The recipient was the noted Cuban lawyer, art critic and author José Gómez Sicre (1916-1991), an important conduit for Latin American artists seeking an audience in the United States. He moved... Learn More
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  52. i1
    First US edition, signed limited edition, number 44 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 117542

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  53. i1
    Signed limited edition, number 45 of 60 copies printed on japon, and signed and numbered by the publisher; the first edition of Justin Huntly McCarthy's (1859-1936) translation, which translates 456 quatrains into English. Learn More
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  54. 127187comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on a preliminary black in purple ink: "From the humble author, to his much-honoured Viceroy i.e. Robert Bulwer-Lytton, with all loyalty and admiration. B. M. Malabari. 16 December 1876". This is the first English publication by the "prominent Indian poet, author, and social reformer"... Learn More
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  55. 130201
    First edition, first issue, Binding A, one of only 350 copies thus. This poetry collection was the first published book of Robert Frost. He was then nearing 40 and, although he had written much, had not found a conducive publisher in America. He had moved to London in 1912, hoping to find the scene more receptive to new... Learn More
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  56. 118904
    First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on... Learn More
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  57. Poems 1886 to 1929.
    First US edition, signed limited issue of this collection. Number 98 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 111335

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  58. 129516
    First Quaritch edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title "Mary Beatrice Blennerhassett with the constant homage of the author July 1901 Edward Heron-Allen"; one of 1,500 copies for UK issue; there were also 500 for the US. Heron-Allen's version, first published the previous year by H. S. Nichols, includes the... Learn More
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  59. 127765
    First edition thus, an attractive version of "probably the single most influential work of prose in the Persian tradition" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). "The school-boy lisps out his first lessons in it; the man of learning quotes it; and a vast number of its expressions have become proverbial". Eastwick, an orientalist and diplomat... Learn More
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  60. 126960
    First edition, deluxe issue, number 1 of 200 copies. Herbert Cole (1867-1930) provided artwork for numerous books in the Edwardian era, with his illustrations showing the influence of Walter Crane, Edward Burne-Jones and the pre-Raphaelites. Learn More
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