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YEATS, W. B. The Wind Among the Reeds.
London : 1899First edition, first impression, of Yeats's third volume of poetry. "This remarkable book will be, in the judgement of posterity, the sole rival of A Shropshire Lad for the position of the most significant verse production in England in the 1890s" (Norman Colbeck). The striking cloth design by fellow poet and artist Althea Gyles is generally considered... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145132
GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS; F. L. LUCAS (trans.) Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.
[London] : 1948First edition thus, copy 26 of 100 deluxe copies bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and signed by the translator F. L. Lucas, from a total edition of 750 copies. This Golden Cockerel Press edition exhibits the ancient Greek poetic hymns to Aphrodite, goddess of love, with both the Greek text and Lucas's translation, alongside woodcut illustrations by Belgian... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145202
BARNEY, Natalie Clifford (her copy); ROUVEYRE, André (illus.) Mort de l'Amour.
Paris : 1911First and only edition, inscribed on the half-title to the Amazon of Paris "à Natalie Clifford Barney, imperturbable, André Rouveyre"; number 928 of 1000 copies on papier d'Arches, from an edition limited to 1010 copies only. Rouveyre seems to have been liberal with his inscriptions, but this is a superb Parisian association.
The Paris-based... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 145003
TAGORE, Rabindranath. Chitra.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies (of which 250 were for sale), and now scarce. This romantic mythical drama concerning the love story of Chitra and Arjuna was published in English in the year that Tagore received the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first non-Westerner to be awarded it. The story is drawn from the epic Mahabharata,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 145050
BROWNING, Robert. Men and Women.
London : 1855First edition, an exceptional fine set in the original cloth, of Browning's most enduring collection. Men and Women was Robert's "Sonnets from the Portuguese", being the first published after his marriage to fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett. It features many love poems, including "Love Among the Ruins", "Any Wife to Any Husband", "Love in a Life", "Life... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145103
MARLOWE, Christopher, & George Chapman (trans.) Hero & Leander.
London : 1909First edition thus, in an elegant Bumpus binding, number 10 of 500 copies imprinted at the Ballantyne Press, Edinburgh, from type designed by Joseph M. Dent, and published by him.
This work presents Christopher Marlowe's 1598 rendering of the Greek romantic mythological legend of Hero and Leander with the contemporary continuation by poet and... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144863
LANG, Andrew. Aucassin & Nicolete.
London : 1887First edition thus, one of 550 copies only (of which 500 for sale) on Japanese vellum, of Lang's acclaimed translation of the French medieval romantic chantefable, "Andrew Lang was born in order that he might translate it perfectly and he has fulfilled his destiny" (Ezra Pound, Spirit of Romance, 1910), in a superb arts and crafts modelled binding.
From... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144866
BLUNT, Wilfrid Scawen. The Love-Lyrics and Songs of Proteus.
Hammersmith : 1892First Kelmscott edition, one of only 300 copies, presentation copy, pseudonymously inscribed by Blunt to his sometime lover Mary Singleton on the front free endpaper, "Violet Fane from Proteus April 29 1892". Singleton was notably the subject of Sonnet LV "St. Valentine's Day" on page 162 of this work. A beautiful copy with a fittingly romantic association.
Mary... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 144728
SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queene.
London : 1897First edition illustrated by Fairfax-Muxley, one of 100 large paper copies issued in three volumes rather than two, of this great Elizabethan chivalric romance, which was originally published 1590-96. Louis Fairfax-Muckley (1862-1926) studied at the Birmingham School of Art, going on to contribute both to the Symbolist and Arts & Crafts schools.
This... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144768
WARHOL, Andy (illus.); Ed Sanders (ed.) FUCK YOU / a magazine of the arts, our third anniversary Mad Motherfucker issue!
A secret location on the Lower East Side, New York City : 1965First edition of this rare issue of Ed Sanders's erotic counterculture magazine, with the coveted and fragile thermofaxed front cover here in particularly crisp condition. The cover features a still from Warhol's banned pansexual art-porno Couch (1964), showing Gerard Malanga, Rufus Collins, and Kate Helicser making love on the Factory couch. It also... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 144817
PATCHEN, Kenneth. The Love Poems.
San Francisco : 1960First edition thus, first printing, 1 of 300 "Gift Edition" copies bound in cloth, of the Beat poet Kenneth Patchen's small selection of love poems. The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen, number 13 in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Pocket Poets Series, is uncommon in the deluxe binding.
This collection includes poems selected from nine of Patchen's books... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 144589
O'HARA, Frank. Love Poems (Tentative Title).
New York : 1965First edition, first printing, copy 9 of 20 signed and numbered copies inscribed by O'Hara on the limitation page, "9 Frank O'Hara 1965", from a total edition of 500. This collection contains many poems inspired by the poet's love for the young ballet dancer Vincent Warren, whom he met in 1959, including "Having a Coke With You". Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144261
HADFIELD, John, ed. Georgian Love Songs, Restoration Love Songs, Elizabethan Love Songs.
Preston, Herts : 1949-55A lovely complete set of these illustrated Cupid Press anthologies collecting love poetry from the time of Shakespeare and Sidney to the time Gay and Goldsmith, edited by John Hadfield who founded the press, and illustrated by Rex Whistler and John Piper. Each was one of 660 numbered copies, the Elizabethan volume being number 226 and signed by John... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 144365
YEATS, W. B. (pref.); HYDE, Douglas (trans.) The Love Songs of Connacht.
Dundrum : 1904First edition, first impression, one of 300 copies only, this copy has a rare single-sheet prospectus advertising the press, dated January 1905, loosely inserted. This is the third of 11 books published by Yeats and his sister Elizabeth under this imprint, renamed the Cuala Press in 1908, after the Gaelic name of the south Dublin area before the Norman... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144499
AUDEN, W. H. Spain.
London : 1937First edition, first impression. 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 Republicans against Nazism, which he viewed as the greater evil. The proceeds... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 142191
RICH, Adrienne Cecile. A Change of World.
New Haven, CT : 1951First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mrs Harold Randolph. With my appreciation of the inspiration that you and Mr Randolph have given my mother and through her to me. Adrienne Cecile Rich".
The recipient was the wife of the pianist Harold Randolph, with whom the author's mother, Helen (Jones)... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 146093
SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Epipsychidion.
London : 1921First Shakespeare Head Press edition, one of 500 copies only, scarce deluxe issue bound in vellum, of Shelley's love poem to the "poor captive bird" Teresa "Emilia" Viviani, a beautiful Italian countess "imprisoned" in St Anna convent while her father sought a suitable husband for her. Epipsychidion was first published a century earlier in 1821. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146016
AKHMATOVA, Anna (trans.) Korean and Chinese poetry in Russian.
Moscow : 1954 & 1956First editions, each inscribed by Akhmatova to the linguist and fellow translator Aleksandr Kholodovich, with whom she collaborated extensively on the translation of Korean poetry. This is a lovely set of Asian poetry in Russian and with a great association.
The inscription in the second work includes a quote from the Orthodox Eucharist reflecting... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 142729
RICH, Adrienne Cecile. A Change of World.
New Haven, CT : 1951First edition, first printing of 551 copies, with a reprint in the same year of further 503 copies. This is Rich's first published work, and is Volume 48 of The Yale Series of Younger Poets.
The Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition is an annual event which publishes the first collection of a promising American poet. Auden chose the winners... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 144929
SMITH, Stevie. Not Waving but Drowning.
London : 1957First edition, first impression. This is the poet Leonard Clark's review copy with the publisher's review slip loosely inserted and Clark's pictorial bookplate to the front pastedown. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 145974
MAPPLETHORPE, Robert, & Patti Smith - RIMBAUD, Arthur. Une saison en enfer.
London : 2009First edition thus, limited to 500 copies, signed by Patti Smith under her photograph on p. 6 verso. Produced to coincide with the exhibition "Robert Mapplethorpe: A Season in Hell" at the Alison Jacques Gallery in London in 2009, with parallel French and English text. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 145714
KANDINSKY, Wassily. Klänge.
Munich : (1913)First edition, first printing, one of 300 numbered copies signed in pencil by Kandinsky (there was also 45 hors commerce). Klänge (Sounds) consists of 38 prose-poems he wrote between 1909 and 1911 and 56 woodcuts he began in 1907. Kandinsky described Klänge as a "musical album". The woodcuts were not merely illustrative, nor were the poems purely... Learn More£80,000.00
Stock Code: 142954
OMAR KHAYYÁM. Rubáiyát.
Portland, ME : May 1899First edition thus, number 6 of 10 copies printed on vellum by Mosher and Grigsby, this copy additionally inscribed on the second blank, "To John Law, in friendship, Emilié Grigsby, May 23rd 1901". Mosher had produced small format editions of the Rubaiyat before, but this is the first large format Rubaiyat he achieved, and the first printed on pure... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 127254
POUND, Ezra. A Draft of Cantos XXXI-XLI.
London : 1935First UK edition, first impression. First published in New York in October 1934 as Eleven New Cantos, the English edition was published under an altered title on 14 March 1935; 1,500 copies were printed, of which 300 were bombed during the Second World War. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 99601
ACTON, Harold. Five Saints and an Appendix.
London : 1927First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Edward when he's in a poetic mood; these juvenilia from his old friend Harold". Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 80368
MCGLYNN, Patrick, & John MacKechnie. The Owl Remembers,
Stirling : 1933First edition, first impression, with a charming original verse inscription by McGlynn to the front free endpaper:
"Not many artists of this age Are great, without a flaw: But Percy, on and off the stage, Has shown how he can 'draw'! But should his talent cease to cheer And life need consolation, 'The Owl' will whisper in his ear And give him... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 141571
LORCA, Frederico Garcia. Llanto por Ignacio Sánchez Mejías.
Madrid : 1935First edition, first printing, of Lorca's lament for his matador friend, gored to death in August 1934; well-known in literary circles, Mejías was memorialized by various Spanish writers, including Miguel Hernández and Rafael Alberti, but it is Lorca's tribute which has achieved the greatest fame. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132536
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.
London : 1899Leonard Smithers's pirated edition, with Wilde's name in square brackets to the title page, and line 17 on page 15 printed as: "And loud they sang, and loud they sang", as in his last authorized edition of 1899. 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... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 144053
ELIOT, T. S. [Four Quartets:] East Coker; The Dry Salvages; Burnt Norton; Little Gidding.
London : 1940-41First edition, first impression, of each of the separately published Four Quartets, except East Coker, which is the third (first Faber) edition as usual, preceded by the two New English Weekly Supplement printings of that poem alone. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 122874
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, this attractive example entirely unopened. A further 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... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 144054
CAMUS, Albert - WILDE, Oscar. La Ballade de la Geôle de Reading.
[Paris] : First edition thus, first printing, out-of-series presentation copy, inscribed by Camus on the title page of "L'artiste en prison" "A Sylvestre, en souvenir d'Iguape, et avec l'amicale pensée d'Albert Camus" ("to Sylvestre, in memory of Iguape and with the amicable thought of Albert Camus"), and with the two corrections in his hand on pp. 19 and 21.
An... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 143345
SPENDER, Stephen. Ruins and Visions.
London : 1942First 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£4,500.00
Stock Code: 139371
HOOD, Thomas (ed.) The Pledge of Friendship:
London : First edition of this gift book, which includes many works by Lord Byron, the abolitionist John Bicknell and extracts from contemporary travel books, such as "A Coffee House at Sarabuse described". Completing the work is an illustrated memoranda for 1826, listing important events which took place on certain days in each month. The Pledge of Friendship... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 123843
GINSBERG, Allen. The Fall of America.
San Francisco : 1972First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscrutably inscribed on the title page, "Feb 4, 1973, Allen - Bold Tattle, What?! We'll all live to see what it means, happily! Allen Ginsberg". The title page also has the ownership inscription of the recipient, Allen de Zouch. The Fall of America was published as number 30 in City Lights's Pocket Poets... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143357
NEKRASOV, Nikolai Alekseevich. Stikhotvoreniia [Poems].
[St Petersburg : 1879First complete collected edition of the poems of Nekrasov, published the year after his death. At his funeral, Dostoevsky hailed him as "the greatest Russian poet since Pushkin and Lermontov". "Nekrasov did not succeed in creating a school of his own: no 'peasant' poets came in his wake. But he, more than any other Russian poet, made his contemporaries... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 129724
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Nursery Rhymes.
Bayntun : 1947First edition, limited issue, number 344 of 550 copies on handmade paper, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "Inscribed for Lucienne Gow by V. Sackville-West". The recipient was the first chairman of the Tenterden Trust, in current Ashford Borough, near Sissinghurst. Only the first 25 copies were issued signed, inscribed copies are rather... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 144628
HEANEY, Seamus (trans.) Beowulf.
London : 1999First edition, signed limited issue, number 221 of 325 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were for sale. Heaney's translation of the epic poem Beowulf won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. This limited edition contains a facsimile of the opening page of the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, which is currently housed in the British... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145277
STEADMAN, Ralph. Collection of three Steam Press Broadsides, Numbers 1, 2, and 3.
London : 1970First editions, of the first three Steam Press Broadsides, each one of 50 copies signed by their respective authors. Each broadside was illustrated, designed, and printed by Ralph Steadman.
i) Jane Deverson, A Silly Thing To Do. London: Steam Press, 1970. Number 36 of 50 copies signed by the author.
ii) Stephen Spender,... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 145626
LANG, Andrew. Helen of Troy.
London : 1882First edition, in an exquisite Sangoski & Sutcliffe binding preserving the original cloth, of Lang's retelling in verse of the classical narrative of Helen of Troy.
The Scottish poet, author, and anthropologist Andrew Lang (1844-1912) is best-known as a collector of folk and fairy tales, and for being the author of the Fairy Book series. He... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144513
SPENSER, Edmund. Epithalamion and Amoretti.
London : 1903First edition thus, number 198 of 250 copies finely printed by Bumpus of Spenser's poems of love and marriage, attractively illustrated with etchings. This fine press edition in the publisher's deluxe binding is quite scarce.
There were also copies bound in cloth and vellum, and an additional 14 copies printed on vellum which were intended for... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145497
NOGUCHI, Yone. The Summer Cloud.
Tokyo : 1906First edition, first printing, of this collection of poems by the first Japanese-born writer to publish poetry in English, with an introduction by the English and Canadian poets Richard Le Gallienne and Bliss Carman. This is a remarkably well-preserved copy of an uncommon book.
The poet and critic Yone Noguchi (1875-1947) moved to San Francisco,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145047
HEANEY, Seamus. Eleven Poems.
Belfast : First edition, second issue (with the ten-point sun symbol), of Heaney's rare first published work, with the notice for his "first book of poems, Death of a Naturalist" to be published in Spring 1966.
Jamison was instrumental in putting on the event that brought Heaney, Longley, and Hammond together on the stage to perform their poems and songs... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145480
HEANEY, Seamus (trans.) Beowulf.
London : 1999First edition, signed limited issue, number 93 of 325 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were for sale. Heaney's translation of the epic poem Beowulf won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. This limited edition contains a facsimile of the opening page of the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, which is currently housed in the British... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 144895
HERRICK, Robert. Poems Selected from the Hesperides.
New York : 1903First edition thus, one of 260 copies only, printed on Mayday 1903. This finely produced edition of Herrick's poems features striking woodcuts designed by the co-runner of the Elston Press Helen Marguerite O'Kane. Her designs "complement Hesperides beautifully and reflect the qualities of equanimity, sweetness, delicacy, and youthful idyllic enjoyment... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 144713
SPENSER, Edmund. Minor Poems.
Chelsea : 1925First Ashendene edition, one of 200 unnumbered copies printed on Batchelor handmade paper, the contents bright and fresh. A further 15 copies of this edition were printed on vellum. This was the last of the Ashendene folios to be printed in the distinctive Subiaco type. It was published as a companion to the Ashendene edition of Spenser's Faerie Queen... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 142513
BURNE-JONES, Edward (illus.); MacLAREN, Archibald. The Fairy Family.
London : 1857First edition, in an attractive custom binding in notably bright condition. This work features Edward Burne-Jones's first book illustrations, done while still at Oxford and published anonymously at his own request. This copy appears to have been bound for the liberal politician and medieval scholar Allan Heywood Bright (1862-1941) with his and his brother's... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142951
WILDE, Oscar. Newdigate Prize Poem. Ravenna.
Oxford : 1878First edition of Wilde's first independent publication. The inspiration for Wilde's prize-winning poem came on a "vacation ramble" to Italy in 1877 with the precentor and junior dean of Trinity College, Dublin, William Mahaffy. According to the review published the next day in The Oxford and Cambridge Undergraduate's Journal Wilde's recitation of it... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144071
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Beauties of English Poesy.
London : 1767First edition, complete with the half-titles and contents leaves in both volumes. This is a particularly nice copy, in a handsome unrestored contemporary binding, of this scarce anthology of English poetry selected by Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), published the year after The Vicar of Wakefield.
The selection includes such near-contemporary... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 143778
HEANEY, Seamus. Field Work.
London : 1979First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper with a quote from the poem "The Guttural Muse" on p. 28, "Ian - with good wishes, Seamus in another pen who 'felt like some old pike all badges with sores / Wanting to swim in touch with soft-mouthed life' January 1983". Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 145386
KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William. Poems by the Way.
Hammersmith : 1891First edition, a superb presentation copy to Georgiana Burne-Jones, inscribed by the author on the initial blank "to Georgie from WM Oct: 22nd 1891".
Georgiana Burne-Jones met Morris through her friendship with, and eventual engagement to, Edward Burne Jones. The pair spent summer holidays with William and Jane Morris at Red House, and worked... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 145199
AMIS, Kingsley. A Look Round the Estate:
London : 1967First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow author and bibliophile "John Baxter, from Kingsley Amis, drinking at a quiet pace".
Baxter recounts the circumstances of his Amis collection being signed in his entertaining memoir A Pound of Paper (2002). Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142957
BAWDEN, Edward, illus.; M. G. Lloyd Thomas (ed.) Travellers' Verse.
London : 1946First edition, first impression, signed by Bawden on the top forecorner of the front free endpaper (suggestive, though not definitely so, of an ownership inscription). This anthology of travellers' verse from across the centuries, attractively illustrated with lithographs by Bawden, was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series (general... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143690
HEANEY, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist.
London : 1966First edition, first impression, of Heaney's first major collection (including the first appearance of his great "Digging"), a superbly inscribed review copy sent to Heaney's friend J. Kenneth Jamison (1931-2016), in the year he became Director of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, a position he held until 1991. The title page bears Heaney's inscription,... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144943
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
New York : 1922First edition in book form, first printing, first issue with all the points, number 325 of 1,000 copies. The Waste Land - arguably the most significant poem of the 20th century - was first published in The Criterion magazine earlier that year; this marks its first separate publication. This copy has both flaps of the rare dust jacket preserved, loosely... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 145211
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Maud,
London : 1855First edition of Tennyson's first published collection following his appointment as Poet Laureate in 1850. This volume is also notable as the first trade issue of The Charge of the Light Brigade, which had been printed privately as a separate issue poem in an edition of 1,000 earlier the same year for soldiers fighting in the Crimea. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 145233
YEATS, W. B. Broadsides.
Dublin : 1935First collected edition, signed by Yeats and by F. R. Higgens at the end of the introduction as issued. The twelve broadsides included in the volume were issued monthly during 1935, each printed in an edition of 300, with 100 remaining sets bound up and issued in this form in December 1935. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 144463