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RILKE, Rainer Maria & K. W. Maurer (trans.) Letters to a Young Woman.
London : First edition, first impression, inscribed "from KW. M. Jan, 1946" on the title page. A manuscript note laid-in loose states that this was "Sent by K. Maurer with request to forward with his good wishes. Evelyn Cottage, Lakes Lane Beacnsfie Beaconsfield". This title is arranged in much the same way as Maurer's earlier translation of Letters to a Young... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 142523
WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B., & Charles Lee. The Stuffed Owl.
London and Toronto : 1930First edition, signed by both editors on the half-title, of this gleefully mischievous anti-anthology, collecting the clangers of English verse from Cowley to Tennyson, illustrated by Beerbohm's highly comic authorial portraits.
Perhaps no book (not even Strachey's Eminent Victorians) better encapsulates the giddy, juvenile irreverence of the... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 148858
CROSBY, Harry. Red Skeletons.
Paris : 1927First edition, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to the Belgian author and artist "For Jean Bosschère, from Harry" with a doodle of a black sun; number 345 of 333 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder Zonen, from a total edition of 370 copies.
Jean de Bosschère (1878-1953) fled Belgium at the start of the First World War and moved... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 148838
GRAVES, Robert. [Love Respelt quartet:]
London & New York : 1965-66-67-69First editions, signed limited issues, numbered 70 of 250, 329 of 330, 65 of 386, and 893 of 1000 copies, respectively, and each signed by the author on the limitation page. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148839
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Solitude. A Poem.
London : 1938First trade edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
A signed limited issue of 100 copies was published on 22 October 1938, simultaneously with this trade edition, but in a vellum-backed binding. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148832
TREVELYAN, R. C. The Birth of Parsival.
London, New York and Bombay : 1905First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the first blank "Mrs Reid from Robert C. Trevelyan, Feb. 1905" and with a "From the Author" slip laid in. Although not marked as such, this great copy of the Bloomsburyite's romance poem passed through the hands of renowned book dealer Martin Stone.
Stock Code: 148891
TREVELYAN, R. C. The Birth of Parsival.
London, New York and Bombay : 1905First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endppaer to the uncle of the Peter Pan Boys "Compton Llewelyn Davies, from R.C.T., 3 Dec 1905". This is a great copy of the Bloomsburyite's romance poem.
Stock Code: 148892
WALCOTT, Derek. The Star-Apple Kingdom.
New York : 1979First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the notable collectors and bibliophiles, "To Robert and Marjorie Graff, with thanks, Derek Walcott. March 17, 79". Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148785
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
RANSOM, John Crowe. Grace After Meat.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Miss Laura M. Bragg, with the author's cordial regards, John Crowe Ransom, November 17, 1924". Uncommon inscribed; a great association copy.
Laura Bragg (1881-1978) notably co-founded the Poetry Society of South Carolina in 1920 as part of Charleston's renaissance.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144237
(TERRY, Ellen.) ROGERS, Samuel. Italy, a Poem; [together with:] Poems.
London : 1842The copies of renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry, with her signature to each title page and her Winchelsea bookplate (designed by her son Edward Gordon Craig) to each front pastedown; the Italy volume with her note to title page "From Henry - M of V." Henry must be Henry Irving, who played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice alongside Terry (as Portia)... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148205
STALLINGS, A. E. Archaic Smile.
Evansville : 1999First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title "To Ginger, with gratitude for all your good work! Alicia. 24.i.01, Atlanta". This collection of poems, by the recipient of the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award, is uncommon in such fine condition and especially so inscribed. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148105
ANGELOU, Maya. Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie.
New York : 1971First edition, first printing, of the author's first book of poetry, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Richard Gildenmeister, Dick, Brother, you are a boon, a boon for me, for us, (for the species) Please write! and write on! Your sister (How-be-it-now) Maya". Richard Gildenmeister is a former bookseller based in Cleveland, Ohio, where... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 147853
BUKOWSKI, Charles. Shakespeare Never Did This.
San Francisco : 1979First edition, first impression, signed on the title page by Montfort and Bukowski. This is a fresh copy of "a wryly comic view of Europe as only Bukowski could see it and a moving journey back to his lost past and the small town of his birth (Andernach, Germany) via his triumphant tour as a literary celebrity" (front flap). Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 148045
COPE, Wendy. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.
London : 1986First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page to the poet and counterculture figure, Felix Dennis (1947-2014) "To Felix from a poet who enjoys your work, Wendy Cope", and with Dennis's bookplate to the front pastedown. This is a lovely association copy. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 147945
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. The Springtide of Life.
London : 1918First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 631 of 765 copies signed by the artist. A contemporary review described the edition as "one of his best... Rackham's delicate and romantic fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's poems and his pictures show that he understands no less than did the poet" (The Publisher's Weekly, vol. 94, 1918,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147713
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.) Some British Ballads.
London : First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 113 of 575 copies signed by the artist. Some British Ballads collects 44 songs and poems from across the country. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147697
OLIVER, Mary, & Molly Malone Cook. Our World.
Boston : 2007First edition, first impression, signed by Oliver on the rear free endpaper. Published two years after the death of Oliver's partner, Molly Malone Cook, in 2005, Our World brings together Cook's photography and Oliver's poems and prose in "an intimate revelation of their lives and art" (front flap).
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 147538
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe - SHARP, William. Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
London : 1887First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication: "To Mathilde Blind. With the admiration & affection of her friend, William Sharp. Oct 27, '87".
Mathilde Blind (1841-1896) was a German-born English poet who lectured on Shelley and edited A Selection from the Poems of Percy Bysshe... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 146191
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Deathwatch on the Southside.
Cambridge, MA : 1968First edition, number 120 of 150 copies, signed by the author and the translator. This is the first appearance of Deathwatch on the Southside in English; an earlier version entitled The Night They Kept Vigil in the South, with parallel Spanish text titled La noche que en el sur lo velaron, previously appeared in the Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146188
LARKIN, Philip. Aubade.
Madison, Wisconsin : 1980First edition, first printing, number 175 of 250 copies, initialled by the author and the printer on the limitation leaf. "Aubade" was the final major poem published in Larkin's lifetime, having originally appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in 1977. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147561
SITWELL, Sacheverell. The Octogenarian.
[Brackley : 1977First edition thus, inscribed on the first page to the literary agent "A birthday celebration to David Higham with all best wishes from Sacheverell 12 November 1977". Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 147553
POUND, Ezra; ELIOT, T. S. (intro.) Selected Poems.
London : 1928First edition, signed limited issue, number 18 of 100 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. This edition was published on 10 December 1928, following the trade issue of 1,000 copies, published on 23 November the same year.
In his introduction to this important edition of Pound's poetry, T. S. Eliot gives an extended commentary... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 147191
ELIOT, T. S. (trans.); PERSE, St John. Anabasis.
London : 1930First edition, first impression, number 56 of 350 copies signed by Eliot, printed on handmade paper; there were also 1,650 copies unsigned and bound in blue-green cloth published simultaneously. This handsome Faber edition prints Eliot's translation in parallel with the original French text. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 146938
OLIVER, Mary. West Wind.
Boston & New York : 1997Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, signed by the author on the title page, scarce thus. West Wind is the thirteenth collection by Oliver, containing 40 pieces of lyric poetry and prose.
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147173