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DE LA MARE, Walter, as Walter Ramal. Songs of Childhood.
New York & Bombay : 1902First edition, first impression, of de la Mare's first book. This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), a Danish-American Hollywood actor known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection in America of Andersen's work.
A Songs of Childhood is a collection... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 149065
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
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
POUND, Ezra. Rimbaud.
Milan : 1957First edition, first printing, number 223 of 500 copies only, of this small collection of five of Rimbaud's poems curated by Ezra Pound and presented with the English text facing the original French. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148788
LARKIN, Philip (contrib.) Poetry from Oxford in Wartime.
London : 1945First edition, first impression, of this anthology of poetry, which includes one of Larkin's first appearances in book form. It was published in February 1945, five months before Larkin's debut collection, The North Ship.
This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from the library of publisher John K. Martin (b. 1930), founder of the Black... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146875
LARKIN, Philip, & others. Oxford Poetry 1942-43.
Oxford : 1943First edition, first impression, of this early appearance of Larkin in print, who graduated from Oxford the following summer with a first in English.
Larkin contributes three poems to the volume, "Stone Church Damaged by a Bomb" (p. 41), "Mythological Introduction" (p. 42), and "Poem" (p. 43). This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146803
HEANEY, Seamus. Columcille the Scribe.
Dublin : 2004Signed limited issue, number 124 of 150 copies signed by the author at the foot of the sheet. Heaney translated this Irish poem, the earliest known version of which is a 16th-century copy held at the Bodleian Library, to celebrate his enrolment as a member of the Royal Irish Academy on 9 June 1997, which he then presented to the Academy on vellum in... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 145994
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Praises the Trees.
New York : 1981First edition, number 41 of 110 copies only, additionally signed by the author on the title page; scarce, especially so signed and in such fine condition. Sweeney Praises the Trees is an early version of part of his modern English translation of the ancient Irish Buile Shuibhne, preceding his complete translation, published in 1983 as Sweeney Astray.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142601
HEANEY, Seamus. Hailstones.
Dublin : 1984First edition, signed limited issue, one of 250 unnumbered cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page; here additionally inscribed by Heaney "Mary - fine girl y'are! Seamus" under his signature. The recipient was Heaney's friend Mary Conley Downe.
Downe founded, with her husband Edward, the Irish Clifden Arts Festival, now the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142605
BROOKE, Rupert; Lascelles Abercrombie; John Drinkwater; Wilfred Wilson Gibson. [Complete set of] New Numbers.
Ryton, Dymock, Gloucester : 1914First editions, first impressions. The four numbers comprising the complete run of New Numbers by the "Dymock Poets". Forty-one poems are present, of which fifteen are by Rupert Brooke. The majority of the poems in Brooke's 1914 and Other Poems first appeared here, including the first publication of his famous poem "The Soldier".
Keynes, in his... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 148519
SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Poems and Ballads.
London : 1866First edition, first issue (with Moxon imprint), first state with Wise's textual errors uncorrected, of the most sensationally controversial book of English poetry of its century, its contents being a heady mix of sadomasochism, necrophilia, egalitarianism, and blasphemy. This copy passed through the hands of renowned book dealer Martin Stone and has... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148689
AUDEN, W. H. Spain.
London : 1937First edition, second impression, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through.
This title was written after Auden's visit to Spain during the Spanish Civil War, a troubling experience that left him morally ambivalent towards the Republican cause. He published this supportive poem on his return, however, to defend the... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 146828
AUDEN, W. H. The Collected Poetry.
New York : 1945First edition, third printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through. Auden has written "1927-1944" under the title, reflecting his original (rejected) wish that, "as to the title, I want Poems 1928-1945. The word Collected suggests finality... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146839
AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
London : 1969First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author the year after publication using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "For Patrick Garland. With best wishes, from Wystan Auden June. 1970", his printed name struck through. Garland (1935-2013) was a writer, actor, and director.
Loosely inserted is a newspaper... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147003
AUDEN, W. H. A Selection by the Author.
London : 1958First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through.
The recipient was Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993); his ownership inscription is on the half-title of this copy. Gray fostered friendships with... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 147380
AUDEN, W. H. About the House.
New York : 1965First edition, second printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.
The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot,... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146830
THOMAS, Dylan. The Doctor and the Devils.
London : 1953First edition, first impression, publisher's file copy with "file" stamps to the jacket and first two leaves, and with release details penned to the front free endpaper.
Thomas adapted this every day story of grave robbing folk for dramatic performance in the mid 1940s. And indeed Dent first set the book in 1946 getting the process of publication... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 148610
HUXLEY, Aldous. Leda.
London : 1920First edition, signed limited issue, number 149 of 160 copies signed by the author on the limitation page. This signed limited issue had an illustrated frontispiece not included in the trade issue, though lacking in this copy. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 148686
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
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
Brooklyn : 1855First 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£60,000.00
Stock Code: 135889
AUDEN, W. H. Three Songs for St. Cecilia's Day.
New York City : 1941First collected edition, first impression, one of 250 copies. Signed by the author on the title page. Signed copies are rare.
The poems were originally published in Harper's Bazaar and subsequently privately printed for Caroline Newton, the wealthy daughter of a well-known bibliophile. She had fallen in love with Auden and positioned herself... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 148611
PLATH, Sylvia. Winter Trees.
London : 1971First edition, first impression. This book constitutes a collection of poems written in between Plath's Colossus and Ariel, which was edited and published posthumously by Ted Hughes. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 148569
DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.
London : 1989First edition, fourth impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the half-title, "Happy Birthday Colin, Roald, 12 Feb. 1990". The recipients was Colin Ross-Munro. Colin's wife, Jan, was an old friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118340
ROETHKE, Theodore. Words for the Wind.
London : 1957First edition, first impression, preceding the US edition by a year, of this collection of poems by Roethke.
Roethke met Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at a party on 1 February 1961. The following day, Plath wrote about him to her mother: "I've always wanted to meet him, as I find he is my Influence. Ted gave me his collection Words for the Wind... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 148661
POUND, Ezra. Versi Prosaici
Rome : 1959First edition, first impression, one of 250 copies, of which this copy is un-numbered and in the special binding noted by Gallup. The present copy is a bibliographical oddity, since Gallup calls for additional stamping in blind and gold, not present here. Pound specifically stated that the poems did not belong to his series of Cantos.
... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148491
FROST, Robert. A Further Range.
New York : 1936First edition, Book-of-the-Month Club issue, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Robert Frost for Marjorie Howard. 1939".
Three different issues of A Further Range were published in May and June 1936: a limited issue and a trade issue (with two printings) both published in May within nine days of each other, and the present... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147587
SMITH, Stevie. Not Waving but Drowning.
London : 1957First edition, first impression. The poet and novelist Florence Margaret "Stevie" Smith (1902-1971), was awarded the Cholmondeley Award for Poets and won the Queen's Gold Medal for poetry. Hugh Whitemore's play, Stevie, based on her life, was adapted into a film starring Glenda Jackson. Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 148207
LOCKER, Frederick. London Lyrics.
London : 1881First privately printed edition, large paper issue with frontispiece and illustration (not present in the ordinary issue), this copy in the deluxe vellum binding, other copies issued in cloth.
"Austin Dobson made the selection for the privately printed edition, and prefixed the prefatory sexain... very few copies were printed" (Murray); the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144310
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Don Juan.
London : 1819 & 1821First octavo edition of cantos I and II and first edition of cantos III to V, forming Byron's last and greatest work.
The First two cantos were first published the same year in quarto; none of Byron's writings since the first two cantos of Childe Harold seven years earlier had appeared in such a large and expensive format: the volume sold for... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148457
DICKEY, James. The Water-Bug's Mittens.
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan : 1980Signed limited edition, number 146 of 350 copies signed by Dickey. The Water-Bug's Mittens was first published the previous year following James Dickey's Fifth Annual Pound Lecture on the evening of 26 April 1979 at the University of Idaho. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 148463
OMAR KHAYYÁM; HALL, Isabel Hawxhurst (illus.) Rubáiyát of the Astronomer-Poet of Persia.
New York : 1911First Hall edition, first printing, inscribed by the artist on the front free endpaper: "With the compliments of Isabel Hawxhurst Hall". This edition of the Rubáiyát is the only book illustrated by Hall (1887-1952), who later worked as a designer of stained glass windows, wallpaper, and textiles.
The text of this edition, Fitzgerald's translation,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147897
NORSE, Harold. The Undersea Mountain.
Denver : 1953First edition, first printing, of Norse's first book of poetry, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Jim from Harold Paris 1961".
Harold Norse (1916-2009) was an avant-garde poet, best remembered today as a member of the Beat movement and, in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's words, "an expatriate voice in American poetry" (LA Times).... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 148159
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 513 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. In his last years and with his health failing Kipling continued the gathering-up of existing material that resulted in "the great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 139233
NERUDA, Pablo. Nuevo Canto de Amor a Stalingrado.
Mexico : 1943First edition, ordinary issue, presentation copy inscribed by the author "Los Guindos 1944 A Marci Garcés con el afecto de Pablo Neruda" on first leaf. One of 5,025 copies of which this is one of 5,000 on paper. The poem was read by the author in honour of the U.S.S.R. on 29 January 1943. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 148412
GRAY, Thomas. Poems.
London : 1768First collected edition, handsomely bound. It includes some of Gray's most popular works, such as "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College", and collects poems from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), Designs by Mr. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray (1753) and Odes, by Mr. Gray, Printed at Strawberry Hill (1757).
For the present... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 146901
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, of Frost's first published book, an exceptional presentation copy, inscribed by him to fellow Dymock poet Wilfrid W. Gibson on the front free endpaper, "W.W.G. from R.F. Sept. 1913", perhaps on the occasion they first met, when Frost gave a poetry reading at Harold Monro's newly-opened Poetry Bookshop.
When A... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146535
LOWELL, Amy; & others. Some Imagist Poets.
Boston & New York : 1915First edition, first printing, inscribed by Lowell on the front free endpaper in the month of publication: "Elsie, with lots of love from Amy. April. 1915."
Some Imagist Poets was edited by Lowell and published a year after the first Imagist anthology, Ezra Pound's Des Imagistes. In her preface, Lowell describes how her intentions as an Imagist... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146789
GINSBERG, Allen. Bixby Canyon Ocean Path Word Breeze.
New York : 1972First edition, first printing, paperbound issue, one of an unknown run, inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Bill Butler, in Sunlight in Brighton July 16, 1973", with his signature beneath his printed name.
Bill Butler (1934-1977) was a significant figure of the British literary counterculture scene of the 1960s and 1970s, and from... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 145609
HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf.
London : 1999First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145566
ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. The Songs of Meleager.
London : First edition, first impression, a notably attractive copy. This edition is printed with the English translation alongside the original Greek text. From the library of Hardy Amies, with his neat bookplate to the front pastedown. Amies held the Royal Warrant as dressmaker for Queen Elizabeth II, who worked for her from her accession to the throne 1952... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 145607
SHARP, William, as Fiona MacLeod. Runes of Woman.
Portland, ME : 1915First edition, one of 450 copies printed on Van Gelder paper, in the uncommon printed glassine jacket, this copy in notably smart condition.
Writer and editor William Sharp (1855-1905) adopted the pseudonym Fiona MacLeod in 1894 and secretly wrote under this name for the rest of his life. Sharp "constructed an elaborate series of deceptions,... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 144999
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Poetical Works.
London : 1828First collected edition, one of 300 copies; there were also 12 copies printed on large paper. J. Dykes Campbell, later a biographer of Coleridge, wrote in 1888 that his copy of this edition "must be a rare book... from whatever cause, its scarcity is incontestable" (The Athenaeum, p. 307).
Coleridge was unhappy with the work, which was succeeded,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147753
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. The Land.
London : 1926First trade edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper, together with an autograph letter signed from her. This is a rare variant copy, with the four wood engravings that were published only in the signed limited issue; in this copy, they are tipped in and unusually also signed by the artist.
This variant, not... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145944
CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.
London : 1915First 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... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 141226
OMEGA PRESS. Original Woodcuts by Various Artists.
London : 1918First and only edition, number 52 of 75 copies. This important Omega Workshops production includes woodcuts by Roger Fry ("Still Life", "The Cup", "The Stocking", and "Harliquinade" after Mark Gertler), Vanessa Bell ("Nude"), Duncan Grant ("The Hat Shop", "The Tub"), Edward Wolfe ("Ballet", "Group"), Edward McKnight-Kauffer ("Study"), Simon Bussy ("Black... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 98564
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
GRISWOLD, Rufus Wilmot (ed.) The Cypress Wreath:
Boston : 1844First edition of this American consolation anthology. The editor Griswold (1815-1857) "produced a flood of gift books containing the sentimental poetry popular at the time", and was considered by his contemporaries "an expert on American poetry" (ANB). Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 146045