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LARKIN, Philip (contrib.) Poetry from Oxford in Wartime.
London : 1945First edition, first impression, of this anthology of poetry, which includes one of Larkin's first appearances in book form. It was published in February 1945, five months before Larkin's debut collection, The North Ship.
This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from the library of publisher John K. Martin (b. 1930), founder of the Black... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146875
LARKIN, Philip, & others. Oxford Poetry 1942-43.
Oxford : 1943First edition, first impression, of this early appearance of Larkin in print, who graduated from Oxford the following summer with a first in English.
Larkin contributes three poems to the volume, "Stone Church Damaged by a Bomb" (p. 41), "Mythological Introduction" (p. 42), and "Poem" (p. 43). This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146803
HEANEY, Seamus. Columcille the Scribe.
Dublin : 2004Signed limited issue, number 124 of 150 copies signed by the author at the foot of the sheet. Heaney translated this Irish poem, the earliest known version of which is a 16th-century copy held at the Bodleian Library, to celebrate his enrolment as a member of the Royal Irish Academy on 9 June 1997, which he then presented to the Academy on vellum in... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145994
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Praises the Trees.
New York : 1981First edition, number 41 of 110 copies only, additionally signed by the author on the title page; scarce, especially so signed and in such fine condition. Sweeney Praises the Trees is an early version of part of his modern English translation of the ancient Irish Buile Shuibhne, preceding his complete translation, published in 1983 as Sweeney Astray.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142601
HEANEY, Seamus. Hailstones.
Dublin : 1984First edition, signed limited issue, one of 250 unnumbered cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page; here additionally inscribed by Heaney "Mary - fine girl y'are! Seamus" under his signature. The recipient was Heaney's friend Mary Conley Downe.
Downe founded, with her husband Edward, the Irish Clifden Arts Festival, now the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142605
GRAVES, Robert (ed.); HARDY, Thomas; Siegfried Sassoon; et al. The Owl.
London : 1919-23First editions, first impressions, the first number being from the very scarce signed limited issue, one of 24 unnumbered copies signed by the 18 contributors: Max Beerbohm, George Belcher, Pamela Biano, W. H. Davies, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, Eric Kennington, J. Masefield, Robert Nichols, Nancy Nicholson, W. Nicholson, William Orpen,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139992
BROOKE, Rupert; Lascelles Abercrombie; John Drinkwater; Wilfred Wilson Gibson. [Complete set of] New Numbers.
Ryton, Dymock, Gloucester : 1914First editions, first impressions. The four numbers comprising the complete run of New Numbers by the "Dymock Poets". Forty-one poems are present, of which fifteen are by Rupert Brooke. The majority of the poems in Brooke's 1914 and Other Poems first appeared here, including the first publication of his famous poem "The Soldier".
Keynes, in his... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 148519
SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Poems and Ballads.
London : 1866First edition, first issue (with Moxon imprint), first state with Wise's textual errors uncorrected, of the most sensationally controversial book of English poetry of its century, its contents being a heady mix of sadomasochism, necrophilia, egalitarianism, and blasphemy. This copy passed through the hands of renowned book dealer Martin Stone and has... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148689
AUDEN, W. H. Spain.
London : 1937First edition, second impression, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through.
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... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 146828
AUDEN, W. H. The Collected Poetry.
New York : 1945First edition, third printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through. Auden has written "1927-1944" under the title, reflecting his original (rejected) wish that, "as to the title, I want Poems 1928-1945. The word Collected suggests finality... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146839
AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
London : 1969First 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
AUDEN, W. H. A Selection by the Author.
London : 1958First 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.
The recipient was Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993); his ownership inscription is on the half-title of this copy. Gray fostered friendships with... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 147380
AUDEN, W. H. About the House.
New York : 1965First 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
THOMAS, Dylan. The Doctor and the Devils.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, publisher's file copy with "file" stamps to the jacket and first two leaves, and with release details penned to the front free endpaper.
Thomas adapted this every day story of grave robbing folk for dramatic performance in the mid 1940s. And indeed Dent first set the book in 1946 getting the process of publication... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 148610
HUXLEY, Aldous. Leda.
London : 1920First edition, signed limited issue, number 149 of 160 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. This signed limited issue had an illustrated frontispiece not included in the trade issue, though lacking in this copy. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 148686
YEATS, W. B. Poems.
London : 1904Presentation copy to Julia Anderson (née Quinn), inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To my friend John Quinn's sister, November twelfth, 1904. W. B. Yeats".
John Quinn conveyed the book to his sister with a lengthy inscription beneath Yeats's on the front free endpaper - "To Julia: Yeats wrote in this book and gave it to me for... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144445
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
Brooklyn, NY : 1855First edition, first state binding. The first edition of Leaves of Grass was self-published by Whitman. His money ran tight as production continued and the bindings became progressively less elaborate. Only 337 copies were bound in the deluxe first binding with gilt border, edges gilt and marbled endpapers, as here. A total of 795 copies were eventually... Learn More£250,000.00
Stock Code: 143598
THOMAS, Dylan. Poems.
New York : 1971First US edition, first printing, the editor Daniel Jones's own copy with the publisher's note to that effect, inscribed by him to his wife on the front free endpaper, "To Irene, with love from Dan. 23rd November 1971". Also included are a long autograph letter signed from poet Edith Sitwell to Daniel Jones, dated 22 March 1954 and concerning the music... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140659
AUDEN, W. H. Three Songs for St. Cecilia's Day.
New York City : 1941First collected edition, first impression, one of 250 copies. Signed by the author on the title page. Signed copies are rare.
The poems were originally published in Harper's Bazaar and subsequently privately printed for Caroline Newton, the wealthy daughter of a well-known bibliophile. She had fallen in love with Auden and positioned herself... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 148611
PLATH, Sylvia. Winter Trees.
London : 1971First edition, first impression. This book constitutes a collection of poems written in between Plath's Colossus and Ariel, which was edited and published posthumously by Ted Hughes. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 148569
DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.
London : 1989First edition, fourth impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the half-title, "Happy Birthday Colin, Roald, 12 Feb. 1990". The recipients was Colin Ross-Munro. Colin's wife, Jan, was an old friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118340
ROETHKE, Theodore. Words for the Wind.
London : 1957First edition, first impression, preceding the US edition by a year, of this collection of poems by Roethke.
Roethke met Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at a party on 1 February 1961. The following day, Plath wrote about him to her mother: "I've always wanted to meet him, as I find he is my Influence. Ted gave me his collection Words for the Wind... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 148661
THOMAS, Dylan. Under Milk Wood.
London : 1954First edition in book form, first impression. Under Milk Wood was originally commissioned as a radio drama by the BBC, and was first broadcast on 25 January 1954. It was originally printed in the magazine Mademoiselle in their February 1954 issue. The posthumously published work has since become one of Thomas's best known. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148621
LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. Excelsior.
Boston : 1878A pretty illustrated edition of Longfellow's memorable poem first published in 1842, this copy with a slip pasted in at the front carrying an autograph quotation from the poem, signed and dated 1848; "His brow was sad, his eyes beneath / Flashed like a falchion from its sheath, / and like a silver clarion rung / the accents of that unknown tongue, /... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 122598
POUND, Ezra. Versi Prosaici
Rome : 1959First edition, first impression, one of 250 copies, of which this copy is un-numbered and in the special binding noted by Gallup. The present copy is a bibliographical oddity, since Gallup calls for additional stamping in blind and gold, not present here. Pound specifically stated that the poems did not belong to his series of Cantos. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148491
FROST, Robert. A Further Range.
New York : 1936First edition, Book-of-the-Month Club issue, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Robert Frost for Marjorie Howard. 1939".
Three different issues of A Further Range were published in May and June 1936: a limited issue and a trade issue (with two printings) both published in May within nine days of each other, and the present... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147587
MCCLURE, Michael. Plane Pomes.
New York : 1969First edition, first printing, copy "A" of 26 lettered copies signed by the author on the limitation page and not for sale. This is a remarkably well preserved copy of a rare and fragile work by the Beat poet. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 148392
HUGHES, Ted. The Hawk in the Rain.
London : 1957First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. This copy comes from the library of the author V. S. Pritchett, with his signed book label to the front pastedown. This is a great association copy. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 148197
SMITH, Stevie. Not Waving but Drowning.
London : 1957First edition, first impression. The poet and novelist Florence Margaret "Stevie" Smith (1902-1971), was awarded the Cholmondeley Award for Poets and won the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry. Hugh Whitemore's play, Stevie, based on her life, was adapted into a film starring Glenda Jackson. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 148207
HEANEY, Seamus. The Haw Lantern.
London : 1987First edition, first impression, signed and dated by the author on the title page: "Seamus Heaney 26.6.87". The signature dates from the month of publication, as recorded by Brandes and Durkan.
Although unmarked as such, this is from the library of Dennis Saunders, one of the poet's long-term friends. Saunders organised poetry conferences for... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148479
LOCKER, Frederick. London Lyrics.
London : 1881First privately printed edition, large paper issue with frontispiece and illustration (not present in the ordinary issue), this copy in the deluxe vellum binding, other copies issued in cloth.
"Austin Dobson made the selection for the privately printed edition, and prefixed the prefatory sexain... very few copies were printed" (Murray); the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144310
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Don Juan.
London : 1819 & 1821First octavo edition of cantos I and II and first edition of cantos III to V, forming Byron's last and greatest work.
The First two cantos were first published the same year in quarto; none of Byron's writings since the first two cantos of Childe Harold seven years earlier had appeared in such a large and expensive format: the volume sold for... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148457
DICKEY, James. The Water-Bug's Mittens.
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan : 1980Signed limited edition, number 146 of 350 copies signed by Dickey. The Water-Bug's Mittens was first published the previous year following James Dickey's Fifth Annual Pound Lecture on the evening of 26 April 1979 at the University of Idaho. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 148463
OMAR KHAYYÁM; HALL, Isabel Hawxhurst (illus.) Rubáiyát of the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.
New York : 1911First Hall edition, first printing, inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper: "With the compliments of Isabel Hawxhurst Hall". This edition of the Rubáiyát is the only book illustrated by Hall (1887-1952), who later worked as a designer of stained glass windows, wallpaper, and textiles.
The text of this edition, Fitzgerald's translation,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147897
NORSE, Harold. The Undersea Mountain.
Denver : 1953First edition, first printing, of Norse's first book of poetry, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Jim from Harold Paris 1961".
Harold Norse (1916-2009) was an avant-garde poet, best remembered today as a member of the Beat movement and, in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's words, "an expatriate voice in American poetry" (LA Times).... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 148159
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 513 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 as a monument to one of... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 139233
NERUDA, Pablo. Nuevo Canto de Amor a Stalingrado.
Mexico : 1943First edition, ordinary issue, presentation copy inscribed by the author "Los Guindos 1944 A Marci Garcés con el afecto de Pablo Neruda" on first leaf. One of 5,025 copies of which this is one of 5,000 on paper. The poem was read by the author in honour of the U.S.S.R. on 29 January 1943. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 148412
BELL, Clive. Poems.
Richmond : 1921First edition, sole impression, one of 350 unnumbered copies only, this one marked "not for sale" to front pastedown and found here with an early custom hand-marbled dust jacket, very much in the Hogarth style.
This copy has a highly distinguished collectors' provenance, bearing the loosely inserted bookplate of Robert Reedman, associated with... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 145470
GRAY, Thomas. Poems.
London : 1768First collected edition, handsomely bound. It includes some of Gray's most popular works, such as "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College", and collects poems from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), Designs by Mr. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray (1753) and Odes, by Mr. Gray, Printed at Strawberry Hill (1757).
For the present... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 146901
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, of Frost's first published book, an exceptional presentation copy, inscribed by him to fellow Dymock poet Wilfrid W. Gibson on the front free endpaper, "W.W.G. from R.F. Sept. 1913", perhaps on the occasion they first met, when Frost gave a poetry reading at Harold Monro's newly-opened Poetry Bookshop.
When A... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146535
LOWELL, Amy; and others. Some Imagist Poets.
Boston & New York : 1915First edition, first printing, inscribed by Lowell on the front free endpaper in the month of publication: "Elsie, with lots of love from Amy. April. 1915."
Some Imagist Poets was edited by Lowell and published a year after the first Imagist anthology, Ezra Pound's Des Imagistes. In her preface, Lowell describes how her intentions as an Imagist... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146789
GINSBERG, Allen. Bixby Canyon Ocean Path Word Breeze.
New York : 1972First edition, first printing, paperbound issue, one of an unknown run, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Bill Butler, in Sunlight in Brighton July 16, 1973", with his signature beneath his printed name.
Bill Butler (1934-1977) was a significant figure of the British literary counterculture scene of the 1960s and 1970s, and from... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 145609
HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf.
London : 1999First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145566
ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. The Songs of Meleager.
London : First edition, first impression, a notably attractive copy. This edition is printed with the English translation alongside the original Greek text. From the library of Hardy Amies, with his neat bookplate to the front pastedown. Amies held the Royal Warrant as dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II, who worked for her from her accession to the throne 1952... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 145607
SHARP, William, as Fiona MacLeod. Runes of Woman.
Portland, ME : 1915First edition, one of 450 copies printed on Van Gelder paper, in the uncommon printed glassine jacket, this copy in notably smart condition.
Writer and editor William Sharp (1855-1905) adopted the pseudonym Fiona MacLeod in 1894 and secretly wrote under this name for the rest of his life. Sharp "constructed an elaborate series of deceptions,... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 144999
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Poetical Works.
London : 1828First collected edition, one of 300 copies; there were also 12 copies printed on large paper. J. Dykes Campbell, later a biographer of Coleridge, wrote in 1888 that his copy of this edition "must be a rare book... from whatever cause, its scarcity is incontestable" (The Athenaeum, p. 307).
Coleridge was unhappy with the work, which was succeeded,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147753
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Land.
London : 1926First trade edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, together with an autograph letter signed from her. This is a rare variant copy, with the four wood engravings that were published only in the signed limited issue; in this copy, they are tipped in and unusually also signed by the artist.
This variant, not... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145944
RYLANDS, George. Russet and Taffeta.
London : 1925First edition, first impression, signed by Rylands on the title page and inscribed by him on the front free endpaper with a quote from Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, Act 5, Scene 2: "Taffeta phrases, silken terms precise.../ I do forswear them....../ Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd / In russet yeas, and honest kersey noes."
... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145958
SHOVE, Fredegond. Daybreak.
Richmond : 1922First edition, first impression, with the errata slip loosely inserted. One of only 250 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs. As with many of the hand-printed Hogarth books, this copy has one of a number of the variant patterned papers to the boards. Copies in such good condition are rare, upside-down ones rarer still.
This copy has a highly distinguished... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145727
BLOOMSBURY - STRACHEY, Lytton; Leonard Woolf; Clive Bell; and others. Euphrosyne.
Cambridge : 1905First edition, sole impression, of this rare poetry anthology that constitutes the very first "Bloomsbury" publication, with anonymous contributions by Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell, and Saxon Sidney-Turner, all peers at Trinity College, Cambridge. This copy has a further Bloomsbury Group association, coming from the library of two Bloomsburyites,... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 145525
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
Richmond : 1923First UK edition in book form, sole impression, one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs, with the title label in the first state with asterisks (one of three states noted by Gallup, with no priority). This is a great association copy, with the bookplate of the novelist and playwright Richard Arthur Warren Hughes on the front pastedown.
Hughes... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 145515
VIVIEN, Renée. Les Kitharèdes.
Paris : 1904First edition thus, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "A Léon Bocquet, avec mes très sincères remerciements de son aimable accueil littéraire, Renée Vivien". This wonderful translation of the female lyric poets of classical Greece (imagined as the "Cythereans" of the island of Aphrodite) followed Vivien's groundbreaking... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145267
TREVELYAN, R. C. Rimeless Numbers.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies. Pre-publication presentation copy, inscribed by Trevelyan on the front free endpaper, to the Canadian artist, and dedicatee of Trevelyan's Idylls of Theocritus, Elizabeth Muntz (1894-1977): "'E.M.' Betty, from R.C.T. 21 April 1932". The edition was not published until May. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 145054