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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books of poetry; also individual poems and related ephemera.

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  1. 141677
    DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1806

    First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141677

  2. Citoyens.
    TRANSTROMER, Tomas. Citoyens.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire : 1974

    First English language edition, copy 100 of 150 copies, printed on Abbey Mills laid paper, this a presentation copy inscribed by Transtromer, and additionally signed by the translator Robin Fulton on the colophon. Copies numbered one to 50 were issued signed by Transtromer; this copy, though a later number, was instead presented by the poet with a lengthy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141215

  3. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn : 1855

    First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135889

  4. Poems.
    TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Poems.

    [London?] : 1862

    First pirated edition of Tennyson's suppressed poems, taken from the Poems, Chiefly Lyrical of 1830 and the Poems of 1833, and printed by J. Dykes Campbell and sold by the bookseller John Camden Hotten.

    Tennyson took legal action, obtained an injunction to prevent its sale, and extracted an apology and 100 damages from Hotten. The book was issued... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130070

  5. Destinations.
    THOMAS, R. S. Destinations.

    Shipston-on-Stour : 1985

    First and limited edition, one of 300 copies (this copy unnumbered and out of series), beautifully printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. Although Thomas's poetry is "commonly renowned for pessimism and distress... Destinations is the neglected mainspring of the poet's philosophical turning towards affirmation" (Christopher Morgan,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 123679

  6. Facing Nature.
    UPDIKE, John. Facing Nature.

    New York : 1985

    First edition, first printing, of Updike's seventh collection of poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 128336

  7. 141016
    GRAVES, Robert. Selected Poetry and Prose.

    London : 1961

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141016

  8. 141017
    GRAVES, Robert. Contemporary Techniques of Poetry.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141017

  9. 140726
    GRAVES, Robert. Poems 1930-1933.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140726

  10. 140750
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Guards Came Through.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of poetry, comprising largely of poems relating to war. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140750

  11. Pax Obbligato.
    MARKS, Herbert H. Pax Obbligato.

    London : [1937]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140716

  12. 140600
    PUDNEY, John. Beyond the Disregard.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, of the author's second collection of poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140600

  13. 140586
    STEVENS, Wallace. Parts of a World.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140586

  14. 140590
    (DOUGLAS, Lord Alfred.) STOPES, Marie Carmichael. Lord Alfred Douglas.

    London : 1949

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140590

  15. 140591
    WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B. Ronsard.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, third impression, of the author's biography of the French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). The first edition was published in the US and UK simultaneously, with the first impression appearing in 1944. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140591

  16. 140494
    GRAVES, Robert. Steps.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression of this collection of writings. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140494

  17. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
    NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.

    London : 1966

    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 genius for bringing world-class... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132730

  18. Poems.
    THOMAS, Dylan. Poems.

    New York : 1971

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by Daniel Jones, the editor of this volume and a close friend of Dylan Thomas since childhood, on the front pastedown to his wife, "To Irene, with love from Dan. 23rd November 1971", and accompanied by an autograph letter signed from Edith Sitwell to Jones, discussing Erich Fried's German translation of Under... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140659

  19. Hebrew Melodies; [bound after:] Lara, a Tale.
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Hebrew Melodies; [bound after:] Lara, a Tale.

    London : 1815

    First edition, first issue of Hebrew Melodies, marking the first appearance in print of "She Walks in Beauty", among the most famous poems in the English language. Hebrew Melodies is bound after the fifth edition of Lara, which was first published in 1814. John Murray published Byron's poems in a uniform size, and it was common for contemporary owners... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131641

  20. Simpson's Choice.
    CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed (this copy unnumbered). Simpson's Choice was the first work to be published at the Omega Workshop, which was founded in July 1913, and was to be one of only four books completed by the press.
    The original prospectus (not present here) stated the intention of this enterprise, declaring that... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141226

  21. The Bridge
    (EVANS, Walker.) CRANE, Hart. The Bridge

    Paris : 1930

    First edition, first impression, number 89 of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker Evans. Harold Bloom... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135122

  22. Ruins and Visions.
    SPENDER, Stephen. Ruins and Visions.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of a work rarely found inscribed, to his lifelong friend and fellow poet W. H. Auden on the half-title, "To Wystan, with love from Stephen. March 1942".
    This is a key association, inscribed using Auden's first name, which was reserved for friends. Auden was a major influence on Spender: "A pontiff... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139371

  23. The Waste Land.
    ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.

    London : 1961 [1962]

    First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 143 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 20th century. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137130

  24. Poems of Adoration.
    [BRADLEY, Katharine, & Edith Cooper.] FIELD, Michael. Poems of Adoration.

    London & Edinburgh : [1912]

    First edition of this collaboration by Edith Emma Cooper and her aunt and sometime lover Katharine Harris Bradley, pseudonymously-published as Michael Field. Their first publication as "Michael Field", Callirhoë (1884), was publicly well-received, with The Spectator greeting it "as a work of 'great promise', exhibiting 'the true poetic and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134560

  25. 141696
    BURNS, Robert. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

    Edinburgh : 1787

    First Edinburgh edition, the second overall, in an attractive contemporary binding. This edition was preceded only by the highly rare Kilmarnock edition of 1786, from which it was expanded, containing twenty-two new pieces, including "To a Haggis", and the first appearance in print of "Death and Doctor Hornbook", which had been omitted from the Kilmarnock... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141696

  26. The Singing Heart.
    BELBEN, May. The Singing Heart.

    Bournemouth : 1928

    First edition, second impression, signed by the author on front free endpaper verso, "from May Belben, Dec. 1928" and with a note on her own stationery inscribed, "with all good wishes from May Belben" (letterhead Forest Hill, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset). A charming little volume printed on enamel paper; nature poetry of "simple sentiment" illustrated... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141508

  27. Murder in the Cathedral.
    ELIOT, T. S. Murder in the Cathedral.

    Canterbury : 1935

    First edition, first impression, one of 750 copies published May 1935 for sale at the first production of the play in Canterbury Cathedral. The text of the Faber & Faber edition, which was published in June, was slightly altered. The true first edition is now quite scarce, and this is a near-fine example. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141449

  28. Crucifix in a Deathhand. New Poems 1963-65.
    BUKOWSKI, Charles. Crucifix in a Deathhand. New Poems 1963-65.

    New York : 1965

    First and limited edition of 3,100 copies, this a superb presentation copy from Bukowski, inscribed exuberantly in red and silver paint pen on the page facing the colophon, "For Jerry Cushman, Poems sure, Poems why not, Charles Bukowski, 5-3-65", accompanied by a drawing of a caged flower and a bottle; additionally signed by Bukowski on the half-title... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139612

  29. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
    JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.

    Hyderabad : 1935

    First edition, no other copy traced. Group of poems on Islamic themes dedicated to Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar - "The Premier Muslim Ruler in India". Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur (1871-1955)was an Arab-Indian poet, lawyer and bibliophile. In 1887 he became a student at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a B.A. and LL.B... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140973

  30. Poetical Pieces.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Poetical Pieces.

    London : 1823

    First edition, an exquisite copy in a rare and highly unusual contemporary binding, of this posthumous gathering of unsold first editions of Shelley's major works, comprising Prometheus Unbound (1820), Hellas (1822), and Rosalind and Helen (1819), as well as the first London edition, second overall, of The Cenci (1821). These titles include among their... Learn More

    Stock Code: 111619

  31. A Child's Garden of Verses.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses.

    London : 1885

    First edition, one of 1,000 copies published. Learn More

    Stock Code: 132801

  32. New Verse.
    GRIGSON, Geoffrey (ed.) New Verse.

    [London : 1933-9

    A complete and near-fine run of "the most influential British poetry magazine of the 1930s", with the uncommonly found wraparound band for the W. H. Auden double-issue released in November 1937 (ODNB).
    New Verse published "the finest poets of the W. H. Auden generation", such as Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, Dylan Thomas, Kathleen Raine, and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141132

  33. Four Quartets.
    ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.

    London : 1960

    First Bodoni edition, number 250 of 290 copies signed by the poet. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137131

  34. Anabasis.
    (ELIOT, T. S., trans.) PERSE, St. John. Anabasis.

    London : 1930

    First edition, number 6 of 350 copies signed by Eliot on the limitation page. This handsome Faber edition prints Eliot's translation in parallel with the original French text. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141365

  35. The Verona Press Rhyme Sheets 1 - 6.
    (VERONA PRESS.) CHAGAL, Marc (illus.), and others. The Verona Press Rhyme Sheets 1 - 6.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression, of this illustrated collection of poems from modern, ancient Greek, and medieval Chinese poets, including Geoffrey Scott, George Barker, and Frederick Johnston. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141197

  36. In A Green Night.
    WALCOTT, Derek. In A Green Night.

    London : 1962

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the publisher, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Tom Maschler, gratefully, Derek Walcott, Oct 9 64". This was the copy of Tom Maschler, the publisher, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141382

  37. Geography III.
    BISHOP, Elizabeth. Geography III.

    New York : 1976

    First edition, first printing, signed by the poet on the title page and dated in the year of publication, "Elizabeth Bishop, December 28th, 1976". Geography III was Bishop's last work and won the Book Critics' Circle Award for 1977. "This volume of nine beautifully crafted poems returns to themes of North and South but with greater intimacy and immediacy"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141351

  38. The Poems.
    CAVAFY, C. P. The Poems.

    London : 1951

    First edition, first impression, of the first translation of Cavafy's collected poems into English, translated by John Mavrogordato (1882-1970, Oxford professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek), published by the Hogarth Press, and now quite scarce. Constantine P. Cavafy (1864-1933) is now acknowledged as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141377

  39. William Blake's Water-Colour Designs for the Poems of Thomas Gray.
    (BLAKE, William.) GRAY, Thomas. William Blake's Water-Colour Designs for the Poems of Thomas Gray.

    London : 1972

    First edition thus, first impression, number 467 of 100 copies reserved for Paul Mellon, from a total edition of 518 copies issued in a range of formats (of which the present copy is one of those "unbound in the French style"), all printed on Arches pure rag paper made specially to match that used by Blake. In this extravagant tour de force Blake used... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141250

  40. Strange Houses of Sleep.
    WAITE, Arthur Edward. Strange Houses of Sleep.

    London : 1906

    First edition, sole impression, number 16 of 250 copies, each signed by the author. Strange Houses of Sleep collects the esoteric poetry (including a lengthy verse drama on the holy grail) of A. E. Waite (1857-1942), popularly known for his creation of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. "Through his critical and historical studies of occultism in all its forms,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139766

  41. The Saga Library.
    MORRIS, William, & Eiríkr Magnússon (trans.) The Saga Library.

    London : 1891-1905

    First editions, first impressions, scarce found as the complete set, and more usually in sorry state. The culmination of Morris's interest in the medieval literature of Iceland, the Saga Library was translated and edited by Morris together with his friend and scholar Eiríkr Magnússon (1833-1913) and sought to make the material more accessible to an... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139302

  42. A Hornbook for Witches: Poems of Fantasy.
    DRAKE, Leah Bodine. A Hornbook for Witches: Poems of Fantasy.

    Sauk City, Wisconsin : 1950

    First edition, first printing, of the first book of American poet Leah Bodine Drake (1904-1964), a contributor to Weird Tales. Of the edition of 553 copies, 300 were given to the author and 253 for the trade, the small issue making it one of the scarcer of the Arkham House publications, here in exemplary condition. An audiobook by the same... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138972

  43. The Tale of Beowulf.
    MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt, translators. The Tale of Beowulf.

    Hammersmith : 1895

    First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, one of 300 copies printed on paper (a further eight copies were issued on vellum). Morris began his translation of the great English epic in 1893, based on a prose rendering by the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alfred J. Wyatt of Christ's College, with whom he consulted over a two... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138925

  44. Lyrical Ballads, with a few other poems [including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"].
    [COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor, &] William Wordsworth. Lyrical Ballads, with a few other poems [including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"].

    London : 1798

    First edition, the earliest obtainable issue of the collection of poems which inaugurated the Romantic movement in English literature and poetry, and one of the most celebrated of all collaborative literary works. Though he is not credited, Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" is printed here for the first time, alongside three other of his... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137732

  45. The Secret Rose.
    YEATS, W. B. The Secret Rose.

    London : 1897

    First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine, scarce in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, bringing together the two key loci of his imagination: the Celtic folklore of his native Ireland, and the alchemical mysteries... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135709

  46. The Faerie Queene.
    SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queene.

    London : 1751

    First complete and first illustrated edition, including Thomas Birch's Life; Spenser's letter to Walter Raleigh; commendatory verses; numerous dedicatory verses by Spenser; an exact collation of the two original editions of 1590 and 1596 which combine to give the first complete text in one edition including the fragment of Book VII; a glossary; and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132657

  47. Always Comes Evening.
    HOWARD, Robert E. Always Comes Evening.

    Sauk City, WI : 1957

    First edition, first printing, of this collection of macabre poems by Robert E. Howard (1906-1936), with dust jacket designed by Frank Utpatel. Learn More

    Stock Code: 122348

  48. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics.
    (SAPPHO.) CARMAN, Bliss. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics.

    Toronto : 1905

    First edition, first printing, Canadian issue published in 1905 using the sheets of the first edition published in Boston in 1904. The colophon on the title page verso restates the first edition's imprint, being one of 500 copies (this number 453) printed in 1903 "with the type distributed". Both the US and Canadian issues are scarce, the latter apparently... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141178

  49. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.

    London : 1889

    First edition, first issue, a major literary association copy, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To the poet of the North Countrie, Joseph Skipsey, with the author's kind regards". In addition, Yeats has made minor corrections to the text on four pages. The inscription shows Yeats's admiration for the Newcastle pitman poet, whom he honours... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140222

  50. The Elder or Poetic Edda,
    (TOLKIEN, J. R. R.) BRAY, Olive (ed. and trans.) The Elder or Poetic Edda,

    London : 1908

    First edition, first impression, of this English translation that influenced J. R. R. Tolkien. This attractively illustrated work was reissued in 2013 as part of "Tolkien's Bookshelf", noting this edition as a general inspiration and the source of the Dwarves' names in The Hobbit. The projected second part was never completed, making this complete... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139900

  51. Phantasmagoria.
    CARROLL, Lewis. Phantasmagoria.

    London : 1869

    First edition, first issue. One of 28 presentation copies sent out by Dodgson on 7 Januray 1869, inscribed by the author in brown ink on the half-title: "T. Heaphy, Esq. with the Author's Kind regards. Jan. 1869". The recipient was Thomas Frank Heaphy the Younger (1813-1873), a well regarded portrait and narrative painter whose name figures heavily... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137829

  52. Tales From Ovid.
    HUGHES, Ted. Tales From Ovid.

    London : 1998

    First edition, signed limited issue, signed by the author; this is the binder's copy, marked "0/5". The signed limited edition consisted of 310 copies, of which 10 were reserved for the author. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138031

  53. Spain.
    AUDEN, W. H. Spain.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. It was written after Auden's visit to Spain during the Spanish Civil War, a troubling experience that left him morally ambivalent toward 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 of the poem... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141088

  54. Fuck God in the Ass.
    SANDERS, Ed. Fuck God in the Ass.

    New York : 1967

    First edition, one of 500 copies of the the "trade" issue of this thoroughly blasphemous and obscene product of the mimeograph revolution, comprising erotic poems by Ed Sanders (b.1939), leader of The Fugs, printed on lurid pink paper at his own Fuck You Press. The colophon on the rear advertises, aside from the trade edition, ten copies of the "Rough... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141012

  55. Critical dissertations on the origin, antiquities, language, government, manners, and religion, of the ancient Caledonians, their posterity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots.
    MACPHERSON, John. Critical dissertations on the origin, antiquities, language, government, manners, and religion, of the ancient Caledonians, their posterity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots.

    London : 1768

    First edition of the author's most important work, his posthumously published response to the Ossian controversy, written in part as a defence of the Ossianic poems but also to encourage wider appreciation of Scottish culture and literature.
    A Scottish minister and a recognized Celtic authority on antiquities, Macpherson had met James Macpherson... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140867

  56. Poop.
    BUKOWSKI, Charles; Michael Montfort; Gerry Locklin. Poop.

    Ventura : 2003

    First edition, first printing, number 42 of 100 copies only. Bukowski's heretofore unpublished poem, Poop, reminisces about his uncomfortable childhood relationship with his parents and its ensuing constipation. It is accompanied by pictures of the writer taken by Michael Montfort over a decade of friendship and drinking, "you should enjoy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140947

  57. Les rêveries de Bip.
    MARCEAU, Marcel. Les rêveries de Bip.

    Paris : 1978

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A Hubert Juin, de tout coeur, Bip flower, Marcel Marceau 1978". Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown". The recipient, in fact Hubert Loescher (1926-1987), was a Belgian poet, novelist,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140934

  58. The Owl.
    (GRAVES, Robert, ed.) HARDY, Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, et al. The Owl.

    London : 1919-23

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139992

  59. Deaths and Entrances. Poems.
    THOMAS, Dylan. Deaths and Entrances. Poems.

    London : 1946

    First edition, first impression, in exceptional condition, of Thomas's collection of poems including his much-loved ode to the vivacity of youth, "Fern Hill". Learn More

    Stock Code: 141051

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