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RADCLYFFE-HALL, Marguerite. Poems of the Past & Present.
London : 1910First edition, first impression. An attractive copy, in a variant purple cloth, of Radclyffe Hall's third published work. Poems of the Past & Present was dedicated to Hall's lover, Mabel Batten. The collection memorializes their relationship; the first poem, "A Dedication" gives thanks for Batten's love, and the final poem, "Postscript", acknowledges... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131465
FLINT, William Russell (illus.); HERRICK, Robert. One Hundred and Eleven Poems.
London : 1955First Flint edition, signed limited issue, number 82 of 105 copies signed by the artist and in the deluxe sheepskin binding, together with the additional suite of eight sepia plates, here retained in the original envelope. There were also 445 copies bound in parchment and cloth boards.
William Russell Flint not only illustrated the present edition,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146421
SMITH, Patti. A Useless Death.
New York : 1972First edition, number 246 of 300 copies signed by the author. An excellent copy of Smith's poem, the narrator waiting their turn on the scaffold while a queen and 30 of her ladies in waiting are forced to dig their own graves. The poem was published and distributed by Gotham Book Mart, where Smith acted as a book scout during her early years in New... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145624
NERUDA, Pablo. Aún.
Santiago de Chile : 1969First edition, first printing, number 409 of 500 numbered copies, this a presentation copy inscribed by Neruda on the first blank to Nina Bulgakova, a Russian translator of Soviet poetry into Spanish, "a Nina, con una flor, Pablo Neruda, 1969 Isla Negra", incorporating a sketch of a flower, in his customary green ink. Bulgakova travelled Central and... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145573
HEANEY, Seamus. Selected Poems 1965-1975.
London & Boston : 1980First edition, first impression, the preferred hardback issue: it was published simultaneously in wrappers and boards. Selected Poems 1965-1975 includes verse from Heaney's first four books: Death of a Naturalist (1966), Door into the Dark (1969), Wintering Out (1972) and North (1975). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146493
GRAVES, Robert. Across the Gulf: Late Poems.
Deià, Majorca : 1992First and signed limited edition, number 102 of 175, signed by the members of the New Seizin Press: Beryl Graves, Lucia Graves, Dunstan Ward, Tomás Graves, and Carmen García Gutierrez. These previously unpublished poems were written by Graves in his seventies, and were posthumously selected by his wife Beryl Graves for the spiritual successor to Graves's... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146160
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Poems of West & East.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, of the author's first regularly published book. Sackville-West's collection of twenty-two poems, thirteen of which appear here for the first time, was written while living in Istanbul with her newly married husband Harold Nicolson, who was working as a diplomat there. Their house at Cihangir offered Vita her first garden... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145998
HUGHES, Sean. My Struggle to Be Decent and Poems of Sadness and Light.
[London] : 2013First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Tiff lots of love from S Hughes". Sean Hughes (1965-2017) was an Irish comedian, team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and author of five books, of which this was his last. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 145930
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. The Octopus Frontier.
San Francisco : 1960First edition, first printing, of Brautigan's second collection of poetry, comprising 22 poems and featuring his first photographic cover, the image taken by North Beach photographer Gui de Angulo - "it is striking and just misses being sinister" (McClure, p. 172).
Brautigan collector Craig V. Showalter notes that The Octopus Frontier, along... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145608
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 appealing literary provenance, from the library of publisher John K. Martin (b. 1930), founder of the Black... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146875
MARTIN, John (illus.); MILTON, John. The Paradise Lost of Milton.
London : 1827First edition in book form, a handsome copy of the more desirable large plate issue. John Martin's Paradise Lost maintains a strong claim to be the finest illustrated edition of the poem ever produced.
Already famous as an artist for his bold and melodramatic paintings, Martin was commissioned by Septimus Prowett to turn his talents to Milton.... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 145395
DOWSON, Ernest. Verses.
London : 1896First edition of Dowson's first book of verse, one of 300 copies printed on handmade paper. Verses was Leonard Smithers's most lavish production, "in the opinion of Desmond Flower, it 'must rank as one of the most representative and most charming pieces of 'nineties typography'" (Nelson).
It includes some of the poet's most famous lyrics: "Vitae... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 145742
PLATH, Sylvia. Ariel.
London : 1965First edition, first impression. Plath's most enduring poetry book, published two years after her suicide, edited by Ted Hughes and with an introduction by Robert Lowell. Plath believed her Ariel poems to be the best she had ever produced, "announcing to her mother that 'they will make my name'" (ODNB). Learn More£1,575.00
Stock Code: 144272
[YEATS, W. B., Ernest Dowson, etc.] The Book of the Rhymers' Club; The Second Book of the Rhymers' Club.
London : 1892 and 1894First editions, sole printings. The Rhymers' Club was founded by W. B. Yeats in 1890 as an informal poetry society that met at the Cheshire Cheese pub in Fleet Street (where Samuel Johnson, in an earlier age, also used to drink). This set includes both volumes published by the group, featuring poetry by Yeats and 12 other contributors: Ernest Dowson,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133920
DOWSON, Ernest. Decorations:
London : 1899First edition of Dowson's attractively produced poetry collection, this copy from the library of Henry Head (1861-1940), poet and neurologist who specialised in the sensory nervous system, with his ownership inscription dated 29 July 1900 to front free endpaper. "It was knowledge of Head's intellectual interests that led Virginia Woolf's husband, Leonard,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 126828
HORACE. Q. Horatii Flacci, quae supersunt, recensuit et notulis instruxit Gilbertus Wakefield.
London : 1794A striking copy of Horace's works, in the original Latin, "a very elegant and correct edition" (Dibdin). With the booklabel to the front doublures of literary journalist and author Charles Whibley (1859-1930), on whose recommendation T. S. Eliot was appointed to the editorship of Faber and Gwyer. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146814
LARKIN, Philip. High Windows.
London : 1974First edition, first impression, of Larkin's final major poetry collection. High Windows includes his poem "This Be The Verse", opening with the famous line "They fuck you up, your mum and dad". This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from the library of publisher John K. Martin (b. 1930), founder of the Black Sparrow Press, with his book label... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146751
ALMANACK. Almanach des Dames pour l'an 1819.
Tübingen & Paris : 1818First edition of this handsomely bound early 19th century French ladies' almanac. It includes explanations of the pictured artworks, biographies of Joan of Arc and Blanche de Castille, numerous poems, excerpts from academic discussions on religion and other topics, and fragments from classical literature. This is a superbly preserved copy. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 146460
HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
London : 1992First edition, trade issue, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Dorothy and Ben, with much love, Ted, 28 August 1992," followed by a short poem, "The Royalist / Is afraid / The Queen's a pin / In a hand-grenade," and with a small correction in Hughes's hand to p. 7.
Stock Code: 146331
ACTON, Harold. An Indian Ass.
London : 1925First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Mrs Harmsworth, or 'dear Nine' (as Yarrick called Miss Hannah Morr) inasmuch as the Nine Muses are united in her delicate and charming person, with the affection & esteem of Harold Acton, on her birthday, the 13th of December 1925, may it be a happy one!".
The... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 146389
TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Seven Poems & Two Translations.
Hammersmith : 1902First Doves Press edition, one of 325 unnumbered copies printed on paper (a further 25 were issued on vellum), with the original Macmillan-headed dispatch envelope used by Doves Press, and rare thus.
The seven poems including "Ulysses" and "The Lotos Eaters" are on classical subjects, and the two translations are from the Iliad. The fourth book... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 146268
BERRY, Wendell. The Broken Ground.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To David Ignatow with much respect. - Wendell". This is a great association copy of Berry's first full-length collection.
The recipient, David Ignatow (1914-1997), was a fellow American poet and editor, who taught at the University of Kentucky. Ignatow would... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 146280
AUDEN, W. H. Another Time.
London : 1940First UK edition, first impression, of Auden's poems containing among others "Musée des Beaux Arts" and "In Memory of W. B. Yeats". Another Time was published simultaneously in the US. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 146133
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
London : 1898First and limited edition, number 5 of 30 copies printed on japon, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the half-title, "To Mr. and Mrs. Dal Young, from the author, in gratitude and regard. Oscar Wilde '98." Dalhousie Young (1866-1921), an English composer and pianist, had published a sympathetic pamphlet urging tolerance at the... Learn More£75,000.00
Stock Code: 145836
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Land.
London : 1926First edition, signed limited issue, number 44 of 125 copies printed on japon and signed by the author and the illustrator.
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 annual round of the Kentish farming year" (ODNB). It was critically... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145968
TAGORE, Rabindranath (trans.) One Hundred Poems of Kabir.
London : 1914First edition in English, from a total edition of 750 copies printed by the Chiswick Press for the India Society. This influential verse by Medieval Indian poet and mystic Kabir (1440-1518), was translated by the first non-European winner of a Nobel Prize for Literature, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941).
Kabir grew up in the Islamic faith, but... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145664
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.
San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968First edition, sole impression, a scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets.
Copies were issued for free with the injunction that they be planted: "The time is right to mix sentences, sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation and the rain with verbs, and for worms to pass... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145604
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
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. King's Daughter.
London : 1929First edition, first impression. This volume of Sackville-West's poems was issued as number 11 in the first series of the Hogarth Living Poets; it is one of 1,000 copies. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 145937
WALDMAN, Anne. Giant Night.
New York : 1970First edition, signed limited issue, number 39 of 50 copies, numbered and signed by the author. Giant Night was Waldman's third poetry collection. The total edition comprised 3,000 copies, of which 2,000 were issued in wrappers and 1,000 in cloth.
Anne Waldman (b.1945) is an American writer, experimental poet, and lecturer connected to the Beat... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145792
OLIVER, Mary. Thirst.
Boston, MA : 2006First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. Mary Oliver was notoriously retiring, preferring not to give interviews, and very seldom signing her books.
Oliver won the Pulitzer prize in 1984 and the National Book Award in 1992. Primarily a poet of nature, she lived for most of her writing career in Provincetown, Cape... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 145796
DICKINSON, Emily. Poems (Second Series).
Boston : 1891First edition, first printing, deluxe issue (Myerson's variant binding A) of Dickinson's second book, posthumously published in the year immediately after the first collection, and printed in a total run of 960 copies.
Her poetry was first published in 1890, four years after her death, due to the efforts of Mabel Loomis Todd, a friend of Dickinson... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 145750
BUKOWSKI, Charles, & Linda King. Me and Your Sometimes Love Poems.
Los Angeles : First edition, one of an estimated 100 copies only, this attractive copy signed by both authors on the front cover, with three minor manuscript corrections in blue ink King's hand to the text. Bukowski collaborated on this work with his then partner Linda King, a poet and sculptor who edited the literary magazine Purr.
While bibliographer Krumhansl... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142875
BEAT LITERATURE - KEROUAC, Jack; Allen Ginsberg; Herbert Huncke; William Burroughs; Gregory Corso; Bob Dylan; Patti Smith; et al. Hanuman Books series, complete.
Madras & New York : 1986-1992Very scarce complete set of the Hanuman Books series, including the rare Kerouac "Manhattan Sketches" which was withdrawn after complaints from the Kerouac estate. The books were handmade in India, with the small format based on Indian prayer books (Hanuman being the favoured Hindu deity of editors Raymond Foye and Francesco Clemente), and distributed... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 142477
NERUDA, Pablo. Primeros poemos de amor.
Madrid : 1936First edition, one of 500 copies, of this collection of love poems by Neruda, essentially a condensed version of his famous and rare second collection Viente poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, originally published in Chile by Nascimento in 1924.
The poems included in this Madrid edition are poems 1, 4, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, and La Canción... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142298
SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets.
Leipzig : 1910First Rowohlt edition, one of five copies printed on vellum, finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (18831930), who was instrumental in the emergence and development of the German book art movement which preceded the First World War.
He trained as a binder in the early 1900s in France and the UK, including at the workshop... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139564
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. "It was a dazzling collection. Swinburne had developed an original poetic voice,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136507
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.
Paris : 1829First edition of the first anthology of the Romantic writers, also comprising the first collected edition of the poems of John Keats. Each poet is prefaced with a memoir, that of Shelley incorporating Mary Shelley's preface to his Posthumous Poems. Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 135668
KEATS, John. Endymion: A Poetic Romance.
London : 1818First edition, very scarce first issue unrestored in original boards. Endymion was the second of only three lifetime publications by Keats, comprising his longest single sustained poem, famous for its opening line: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". This copy has the first issue imprint to the verso of the half-title "Printed by T. Miller, Noble... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 134729
BRADLEY, Katharine, & Edith Cooper, as FIELD, Michael. Poems of Adoration.
London & Edinburgh : First edition, first impression, of this collaboration by Edith Emma Cooper and her aunt and sometime lover Katharine Harris Bradley, pseudonymously-published as Michael Field. This copy is in notably bright condition, highlighting Charles Rickett's striking art nouveau cloth design.
Whilst Cooper and Bradley's work was highly collaborative (both... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 134560
GINSBERG, Allen. Howl and other poems.
San Francisco : 1956First published edition, first printing, with the spelling "Lucien Carr" in the dedication, and the eighth line of the second paragraph on the rear cover beginning "Harlem". The title poem Howl was in part a poem of love dedicated to Carl Solomon, a friend being held in a psychiatric institute, and caused much controversy for its explicit homoeroticism.... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 133699
LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. The Song of Hiawatha.
Boston : 1855First 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£750.00
Stock Code: 132509
BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems.
London : 1850First edition with the Sonnets from the Portuguese, handsomely bound with the original cloth preserved within, and both half-titles. EBB's Poems had first appeared in 1844, but this "New Edition" (the second overall) contains in the second volume the coveted and rare first appearance of Sonnets from the Portuguese, some of the most famous love poems... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132112
SAPPHO - IMPERIALE, Giovanni Vincenzo. La Faoniade: inni ed odi
Crisopoli [Parma] : 1792First edition printed with the types of Bodoni (first published in two parts at Naples in 1780-86), a beautifully produced book here in very attractive contemporary Italian morocco.
"A Neapolitan general, Vicenzo Imperiale... presents La Faoniade: Inni ed odi di Saffo as a translation of a previously unknown work by Sappho, newly discovered... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 131990
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Hebrew Melodies
London : 1815, 1813, 1816, 1816First editions, first issue of Hebrew Melodies, with the 4-line notice of Samuel Rogers's Jacqueline: A Tale on the verso of E4 (omitted in the second issue) and Thomas Campbell's Selected Beauties of English Poetry advertised as "In the Press"; The Giaour is of the issue printed on ordinary wove paper without a watermark.
This is a fine representative... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 131986
MARVELL, Andrew. Miscellaneous Poems; [together with:] Advice to a Painter; [and:] Second Advice to the Painter.
London : 1681; [1679; 1679?]First edition of all three works. Miscellaneous Poems includes the first printing of one of the greatest poems of seduction in the English language, "To his Coy Mistress". Published a couple of years after Marvell's death, the volume made his poetic talents known to a general readership who would have known him, if at all, only from his commendatory... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 130819
GAY SUNSHINE PRESS: GINSBERG, Allen, & Peter Orlovsky. Straight Hearts' Delight.
San Francisco : 1980First edition, first printing, letter O of 26 specially bound copies signed by Ginsberg and Orlovsky. This is publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe issue, additionally signed by him on the title page, and with two unpublished autograph letters signed from Ginsberg to Leyland laid in. The first letter, dated 26 November 1982,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 123246
GAY SUNSHINE PRESS. Gay Roots.
San Francisco : 1991-3First edition, first printing, Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe signed limited issue, letters B and Z of 26 specially bound copies signed by Leyland, these volumes additionally signed by Leyland on the title pages and deriving from his personal collection. There were also 300 unsigned cloth copies, the vast majority of which were sold to libraries.
Winston... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 123228
YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.
London : 1889First edition, first impression, a scarce inscribed copy of Yeats's first major publication, an epic romance in which the ancient Irish hero Oisin travels to the land of Faerie with his supernatural lover Niamh. Presentation copies of this landmark Yeats volume are of the utmost scarcity: the only other recorded at auction in the last 30 years was a... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 112219
MEREDITH, George. Modern Love, and the Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads.
London : 1862First edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to D. G. Rossetti on the title page, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti, from his friend, George Meredith", with authorial manuscript corrections in the text. (The Hayward exhibition copy, also inscribed and corrected, had a note in Meredith's hand apologizing for "Errata ennumerable".) Meredith's novel... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 111629
RILKE, Rainer Maria. Die Sonette an Orpheus.
Leipzig : 1923First edition, deluxe issue, number 7 of 100 copies specially bound, from a limited edition of 300 numbered copies printed on handmade paper by W. Drugulin. Die Sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets to Orpheus) is considered, along with the Duino Elegies, as Rilke's masterpiece. They were composed in what the author described as a "savage creative storm"... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 101198
DONNE, John. Poems. With Elegies on the Authors Death.
London : 1633First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death, here in a contemporary calf binding. With the exception of a few rare small pieces "none of Donne's poems was printed in his lifetime" (Hayward), and this posthumous collection presents the first publication of some of the greatest love poems in the... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 82696
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.
London : 1898First and limited edition, one of 800 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper; 30 copies were issued on japon. Wilde published this work under the pseudonym "C.3.3." after his cell in Reading Gaol (cell 3 on the third landing of Gallery C). The first edition sold out rapidly, and a second edition was printed within weeks. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 146094
DANTE ALIGHIERI; ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel (trans.) [La Vita Nuova.] The New Life.
London : First Evelyn Paul edition, UK issue, number 73 of 150 copies signed by the illustrator and bound in vellum. This beautiful production presents Rossetti's translation of his namesake Dante's immortal love sonnet sequence, with illustrations by Evelyn Paul (1883-1963), who was heavily influenced by Rossetti as an artist. This copy is in notably attractive... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145448
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Maud,
London : 1855First edition of Tennyson's first published collection following his appointment as Poet Laureate in 1850, including the titular "Maud", a long poem of psychologically troubled romance and Victorian ennui, and also the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade". This lavishly bound copy was gifted, with a presentation inscription to the first blank, in 1931... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 145553
FLINT, William Russell. The Song of Songs which is Solomon's.
London : 1909First Flint edition, number 465 of 500 copies on handmade paper (with a further 17 printed on vellum), one of few issued in the deluxe full vellum binding, and this copy additionally signed by the artist on the colophon. The Song of Solomon is certainly the most erotically charged passage of the Bible.
Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145559
SPENSER, Edmund. Prothalamion & Epithalamion.
Boston : 1902First edition thus, first impression, number 16 of 400 numbered copies, from an edition limited to 419 copies designed by Bruce Rogers for the Riverside Press, two years after his appointment as head of the Department of Special Bookmaking, and a notably early publication featuring the involvement of this great book designer. This is a highly attractive... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 145313
WILLIAMS, Emmett. Sweethearts.
New York : 1967First hardback edition, first impression, with a sharp example of the dust jacket bearing Duchamp's Coeurs Volants (1936) design. Sweethearts was a pioneering work of concrete poetry (also published in wrappers in Stuttgart earlier in the same year) by American Fluxus poet and artist Emmett Williams, presented as an erotic "kinetic metaphor".
Fellow... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 145264
SMITH, Patti. Devotions to Arthur Rimbaud.
[New York : 1973]First edition, number 88 of 200 copies numbered and signed by the author. A beautiful example of this early broadside by Smith, printing a valediction for Rimbaud in French above Smith's poem, which surrounds a large illustrated portrait of Rimbaud by Smith. An evocative broadside showcasing Smith's formative literary adoration for the iconic poète... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145130