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

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  1. Twenty-Five Poems.
    THOMAS, Dylan. Twenty-Five Poems.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression. One of 730 copies printed of Thomas's landmark collection, publishing the poems of "this young Welsh poet" who "has, during the last two years, attracted an unusual amount of attention with his Dionysiac verse" (from the original jacket blurb). Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142806

  2. English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.
    BELL, Robert Anning (illus.) English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.

    London : 1898

    First edition thus, illustrated by Bell, part of George Bell & Sons' Endymion Series, in an attractive arts and crafts binding. The binding is not signed, the "M.S." initials could be that of the binder, or simply in homage to Milton and Spenser.

    Artist, illustrator and designer Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) was an early member of the Arts... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 142777

  3. A Book of Twenty Songs.
    SYMONS, Arthur. A Book of Twenty Songs.

    London : 1905

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to his daughter, whose mother was the dedicatee and Symons wife, Rhoda; "To Anna for her birthday, December 18: 1905, Arthur". A lovely family copy. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 142993

  4. 143560
    ROSENBERG, Isaac. The Collected Works.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression, scarce, with an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket. This is the first collected edition of the Jewish poet Isaac Rosenberg, who was killed on the Western Front in 1918.

    "Rosenberg's poems from the front show him to have absorbed the great tradition of English pastoral poetry, but his tone is different:... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 143560

  5. Persephone in Hades.
    PITTER, Ruth. Persephone in Hades.

    Auch : 1931

    First edition, first printing, one of 100 copies only, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title "To Christopher Hassall. From Ruth Pitter. March 1937".

    Christopher Vernon Hassall (1912-1963) was an actor, dramatist, poet, and librettist, who was also a noted biographer of poets Rupert Brooke and Edward Marsh.

    Library... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 142939

  6. 143481
    CHADWICK, John W., ed. The Two Voices. Poems of the Mountains and the Sea.

    Boston : 1886

    First edition, scarce Boston imprint, in the very rare dust jacket, of this handsome concept-anthology put together by Harvard-educated poet and clergyman John White Chadwick (1840-1904), published in the year after he was elected the Phi Beta Kappa poet.

    The Two Voices aligns a wide range of poets ancient and modern to enthuse on either side... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 143481

  7. 143787
    ROSS, Alan. The Derelict Day.

    London : 1947

    First edition, first impression of the author's first collection of poetry. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 143787

  8. Mosada.
    YEATS, W. B. Mosada.

    Dublin : October 1943

    First Cuala press edition, limited issue. Number 40 of 50 copies, and, though uncalled for, this copy is signed by "George" Hyde-Lees, (1892-1968), the author's wife. Mosada was Yeats's first published work, and was first published in 1886 as an offprint from the Dublin University Review. That edition, of around 100 copies, is now "exceedingly rare"... Learn More
    £4,000.00

    Stock Code: 143922

  9. Poems Two.
    JOHNSON, B. S. Poems Two.

    London : 1972

    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number R of 26 copies for the author's use only, inscribed on the limitation page "R is for Rayner Heppenstall. 35/3/72". The recipient was British experimentalist and BBC radio producer Rayner Heppenstall (1911-1981). A further 100 copies were thus specially bound, numbered, and signed. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 144147

  10. Grace After Meat.
    RANSOM, John Crowe. Grace After Meat.

    London : 1924

    First 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

  11. 144451
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Debits and Credits.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of 14 stories and 21 poems. While all of the stories were previously published, 19 of the poems are here published for the first time. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 144451

  12. The Poems.
    VALE PRESS: KEATS, John. The Poems.

    London : 1898

    First Vale Press edition, one of 210 unnumbered copies on paper (a further 8 were issued on vellum), and superbly decorated by Ricketts of the Vale Press.

    Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books are... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 144841

  13. Odes Upon Cash, Corn, Catholics, and Other Matters.
    MOORE, Thomas. Odes Upon Cash, Corn, Catholics, and Other Matters.

    London : 1828

    First edition of Moore's collection of satirical odes on political and economic matters, gathered from their original publication in the Times; from the collection of the distinguished book collector Eric Quayle, with his booklabel to front pastedown. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 144921

  14. The Colossus & Other Poems.
    PLATH, Sylvia. The Colossus & Other Poems.

    New York : 1962

    First US edition, first printing, in exceptionally nice condition, of Plath's first and only collection of poetry issued during her lifetime. It was first published in the UK in 1960. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 144897

  15. [Collection of nine volumes of poetry:]
    GRAVES, Robert. [Collection of nine volumes of poetry:]

    London : 1938-72

    First editions, first impressions. An excellent collection of Graves's verse, spanning a period of several decades. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 109052

  16. Les plaisirs et les jours.
    PROUST, Marcel. Les plaisirs et les jours.

    Paris : 1896

    First edition, first printing, of the first book published by Proust before his rise to stardom, in an attractive art déco binding by the French bookbinder Max Fonsèque (1891-1965), and superbly illustrated by the society-painter Madeleine Lemaire (1845-1928).

    Some of the poems and short stories in this work had appeared in print from 1892... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 144631

  17. 144912comp
    GURNEY, Ivor. War's Embers.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the dedicatee on the half-title "Muriel Osborn. From Marion Scott". This second and last volume to be published during Gurney's lifetime, after Severn and Somme (1917), is a wonderful association copy and an uncommon find.

    Marion Margaret Scott (1877-1953) was a pioneering music critic, musicologist,... Learn More
    £950.00

    Stock Code: 144912

  18. The Genius of the Crowd.
    BUKOWSKI, Charles. The Genius of the Crowd.

    Cleveland : 1966

    First edition, one of 103 copies printed, and this a fine example, of this legendary Bukowski rarity and his first book publication. Printed by poets d.a. levy and Jim Lowell at the 7 Flowers Press in Cleveland, The Genius of the Crowd is one of the most valuable and sought after productions of the Cleveland Mimeograph Revolution, and a significant... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 143743

  19. Minor Poems.
    SPENSER, Edmund. Minor Poems.

    Chelsea : 1925

    First 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

  20. Flowers of Evil.
    BAUDELAIRE, Charles; DILLON, George & Edna St. Vincent Millay (trans.) Flowers of Evil.

    New York : 1936

    First edition thus, printed "B-L" February 1936 on the copyright page. Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil was first published as Les Fleurs du mal in 1857. The work was condemned as obscene and banned by the Public Safety section of the Ministry of the Interior, leading to the prosecution of both Baudelaire and his publisher. The ban was not lifted in France... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 145147

  21. 132586
    SAPPHO - SALTER, Mary Turner. Lyrics from Sappho.

    New York : 1909

    First edition of this musical rendition of Sappho's poetry, the words taken from Bliss Carman's 1904 translation Sappho One Hundred Lyrics and set to music by the soprano and composer Mary Elizabeth Turner Salter (1856-1938). Turner was one of the founding members of the American Society of Women Composers.

    Lyrics from Sappho is a typical example... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 132586

  22. Parallax.
    CUNARD, Nancy. Parallax.

    London : 1925

    First edition, one of 420 copies, of Cunard's most important early poem, in particularly nice condition. Parallax was largely dismissed by contemporary critics as purely derivative of Eliot's The Waste Land, however, recent scholars have seen it as "offering a critique of Eliot's bleak vision of post-war life in the form of a poem that adopts a similar... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 145315

  23. 122874
    ELIOT, T. S. [Four Quartets:] East Coker; The Dry Salvages; Burnt Norton; Little Gidding.

    London : 1940-41

    First 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

  24. Him.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Him.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 97 of 160 copies only, signed by Cummings on the limitation page. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 145690

  25. Epipsychidion.
    SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Epipsychidion.

    London : 1921

    First 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

  26. Song of Peace:
    LOWENFELS, Walter, & Anton Refregier. Song of Peace:

    New York : 1959

    First and limited edition, of 1,000 copies, signed by both author and illustrator, this copy additionally inscribed by Lowenfels on a preliminary blank, "For Sol Mandelblatt, these anecdotes of the service, Walter Lowenfels, Mays Landing his sometime New Jersey home 1962". A most attractive provenance that links Lowenfels (1897-1976), one of America's... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 79776

  27. Five Saints and an Appendix.
    ACTON, Harold. Five Saints and an Appendix.

    London : 1927

    First 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

  28. Thirty-Six Poems.
    WARREN, Robert Penn. Thirty-Six Poems.

    New York : 1935

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author to fellow poet William S. Merwin (b. 1927), "To William Merwin, with warm regards, Robert Penn Warren" on the first blank. Merwin's poetic career began in 1952 with A Mask for Janus - he went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and in 2010 was named 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 81229

  29. Wild Apples. With a Preface by William Butler Yeats.
    GOGARTY, Oliver. Wild Apples. With a Preface by William Butler Yeats.

    Dublin : 1930

    First edition thus (preceded by the 1926 private edition of 50 copies which did not include Yeats's preface) this one of 250 copies of this second selection by Yeats of the poems of Oliver Gogarty, likened by him in his opening poem, The Crab Tree, to "a tart crop" of wild apples. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 83989

  30. Mrs Fisher.
    GRAVES, Robert. Mrs Fisher.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression; from the To-day and To-morrow series. Inscribed by Robert Graves on the front free endpaper, "Damn and blast, said Lars Porsenna! Robert Graves, 1957". This inscription references the opening lines of Macaulay's poem Horatius at the Bridge ("Lars Porsena of Clusium, / By the Nine Gods he swore..."), and to Graves's... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 84023

  31. Blind Fireworks.
    MACNEICE, Louis. Blind Fireworks.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, second issue in the black cloth. The author's first poetry collection, written while he was still a student at Oxford. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 86904

  32. The Fantasy Poets Number 22.
    AMIS, Kingsley. The Fantasy Poets Number 22.

    Swinford, Oxford : 1954

    First edition, first impression, one of 300 copies published. Number 22 in the Fantasy Poets series. The poem "The Last War" was originally published in the American magazine Furioso. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 88945

  33. Black Armour: A Book of Poems.
    WYLIE, Elinor. Black Armour: A Book of Poems.

    New York : 1923

    First edition, first printing. From the library of American heiress and philanthropist Joan Whitney, with her engraved bookplate by Tiffany & Co. to the front pastedown, "Un peu d'argent, mon chien, mes amis, beaucoup de livres, je souris". Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 89535

  34. Writ in Barracks.
    WALLACE, Edgar. Writ in Barracks.

    London : 1900

    First edition of one of Wallace's earlier works, a collection of poetry "much of it inspired by Kipling, whom he was to meet on a visit to Cape Town in 1898" (ODNB). Bound with the publisher's catalogue dated October 1901. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 90730

  35. Panels for the Walls of Heaven.
    PATCHEN, Kenneth. Panels for the Walls of Heaven.

    Berkeley, CA : 1946

    Signed limited edition, number 115 of 150 copies signed by the author and with his original painting on the front cover. As stated by Patchen on the rear pastedown "no two covers are alike" and the painting by the experimental poet and painter on this copy is exceptionally lavish and a true work of art. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 91736

  36. Poems.
    JOHNSON, Lionel. Poems.

    London : 1895

    First trade edition, limited issue. One of 750 copies. "His reputation was confirmed by the publication of his Poems in 1895, which marks the high point in his career" (ODNB). Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 105024

  37. Soldier Songs.
    MACGILL, Patrick. Soldier Songs.

    New York : 1917

    First US edition, first printing, in the very scarce dust jacket, of this collection of First World War poems by Irish poet Patrick MacGill (1889-1963), known as "the Navvy Poet", who enlisted in the London Irish Rifles, as a stretcher-bearer, and was wounded at Loos. Macgill's Soldier Songs was published in the UK in the same year as this edition.... Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 105371

  38. Collected Poems.
    ROLFE, Frederick, Baron Corvo. Collected Poems.

    London : 1974

    First edition, first impression, containing some previously unpublished poems. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 105615

  39. Sir Ralph de Rayne and Lilian Grey.
    BENNOCH, Francis. Sir Ralph de Rayne and Lilian Grey.

    London : 1872

    First edition. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Mrs Vine (?) from her friend FB. Oct 1872". Scarce: Library Hub records only five copies in British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Cambridge, Scotland, Society of Antiquaries, Trinity College Dublin), WorldCat adds another nine locations. Francis Bennoch... Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 106675

  40. God Save the King.
    HOURS PRESS: HOWARD, Brian. God Save the King.

    Paris : [1930]

    First and limited edition, number 29 of 150 copies signed by the author. This is the only substantial poetry collection of Brian Howard (1905-1958), one of the Eton Arts Society group with Harold Acton, Oliver Messel, Anthony Powell, and Henry Yorke; at Oxford he knew Evelyn Waugh and Waugh, writing later that Howard "dazzled me rather 25 years ago",... Learn More
    £575.00

    Stock Code: 106933

  41. 2nd Poems.
    GRAHAM, W. S. 2nd Poems.

    London : 1945

    First edition, first impression of Graham's third book, uncommon with the dust jacket. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 112751

  42. C: a Journal of Poetry. Vol. 1, No. 4 (September 1963).
    WARHOL, Andy - DENBY, Edwin. C: a Journal of Poetry. Vol. 1, No. 4 (September 1963).

    New York : 1963

    First and only edition. The front cover image shows Edwin Denby seated, with Gerard Malanga standing behind him; on the back cover Malanga and Denby are kissing. Warhol took the photographs with a Polaroid camera and this is the first known Warhol silkscreen from a Polaroid. Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 93906

  43. Preludes 1921-1922.
    DRINKWATER, John. Preludes 1921-1922.

    London : 1922

    First and signed limited edition, preceding the trade edition of the same year. Number 1 of 125 numbered copies, neatly initialled by the author with his monogram. An attractively produced book. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 97248

  44. Steam Press Portfolio 2.
    STEADMAN, Ralph (illus.); DURRELL, Lawrence; Sylvia Plath; and others. Steam Press Portfolio 2.

    London : 1974

    First edition, number 48 of only 50 numbered copies, with each broadside numbered and signed by Steadman. All the poems are further signed by their respective authors, including Lyman Andrews, Asa Benveniste, Ruth Fainlight, and Alan Sillitoe, excepting Plath's for obvious reasons.

    Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 100028

  45. Forms of Exile.
    MONTAGUE, John. Forms of Exile.

    Dublin : 1958

    First edition, first printing. One of a limited edition of 50 signed and numbered copies. Author's first book. Learn More
    £825.00

    Stock Code: 101010

  46. The Calling of the Sea.
    HODGSON, William Hope. The Calling of the Sea.

    London : [1920]

    First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 103030

  47. That's All That Matters.
    WILLIAMS, Oscar. That's All That Matters.

    New York : 1945

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For Roy Fuller/ with all good wishes/ from Oscar Williams/ 1945". Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 48243

  48. The Fire Screen. Poems.
    MERRILL, James. The Fire Screen. Poems.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title "With love to Alan from an old flame, Jimmy". Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the inspiration for several of Kerouac's characters, including "Rollo... Learn More
    £120.00

    Stock Code: 51366

  49. We Just Wanted to Tell You. Poems.
    BALL, David, & Anselm Hollo. We Just Wanted to Tell You. Poems.

    London : 1963

    First edition, first impression. Scarce pamphlet produced in the founding year of the Writers' Forum, a significant organization in the British Poetry Revival of the 1960s and 70s. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 60971

  50. Dead Season's Heritage.
    MANNING, William, & William Shand. Dead Season's Heritage.

    Buenos Aires : 1942

    First trade edition, first impression, originally published as a limited edition of 50 copies. With two framed mixed-media portraits by Manning: Alfred Perles dated 1968 (265 x 165 mm), and Henry Miller dated 1973 (405 x 275 mm). Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 70801

  51. The Cotter's Saturday Night.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BURNS, Robert. The Cotter's Saturday Night.

    London : [1908]

    First trade edition, in a variant suede binding; the bibliographies mention only purple suede. Learn More
    £325.00

    Stock Code: 113123

  52. Writing Writing:
    DUNCAN, Robert. Writing Writing:

    Albuquerque : 1964

    First edition, first printing. One of 25 copies numbered and signed by Duncan and with an original drawing by the author pasted to front flyleaf. Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 112948

  53. Poems.
    CHAR, René. Poems.

    Rome : 1952

    Offprint, limited issue, number 300 of 350 copies. This collection of 19 poems printed in both French and English translation was first published in the biannual Italian literary journal Botteghe Oscure, which featured poetry and prose in five languages. Laid in is a four page promotional leaflet for Char's works. Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 116578

  54. Poems 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.

    New York : 1930

    First US edition, signed limited edition, number 44 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875.00

    Stock Code: 117542

  55. Poems.
    CLOUGH, Arthur Hugh. Poems.

    Cambridge : 1862

    First edition thus, presentation copy, inscribed by the author's wife (Blanche Mary Clough, née Shore-Smith), on the half-title, "With Mrs. Clough's kind regards". With an additional inscription by its recipient below noting the date of its receipt, "Rec. 6th August 1862, sent to me at Chew Magna, C. L. Rose". This posthumous memorial issue (Clough... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117878

  56. The Book of Thel.
    BLAKE, William. The Book of Thel.

    Clairvaux : 1965

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, from a limited edition of 426 copies printed on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, each page watermarked with Blake's monogram. This... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 115014

  57. All Religions are One.
    BLAKE, William. All Religions are One.

    Clairvaux : 1970

    First edition thus, publisher Arnold Fawcus's copy, copy A of 26 lettered copies reserved for the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, in full morocco with a set of proofs showing the progressive states of the collotype process, from a total edition of 662 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match the paper used by Blake. This... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 115045

  58. Demonics.
    BROWN, Bob. Demonics.

    Cagnes-sur-Mer : 1931

    First edition, first printing, with a leaf of the author's personal letterhead laid in, printed "Robert Carlton Brown, Le Manoir, Cagnes-Sur-Mer (A.M.) France". The collection features poems such as "Spring, put on a condom!" and a number of calligrams, for which Brown was well known, including here "Handle for a flame fan".

    Roving Eye Press... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 116287

  59. More Translations from the Chinese.
    WALEY, Arthur. More Translations from the Chinese.

    New York : 1919

    First and limited edition, deluxe issue, number 5 of 50 copies on Fabriano handmade paper. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 116479

  60. Gaudete.
    HUGHES, Ted. Gaudete.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Stephanie and Jimmy, and Michael in good time, with love, from Ted, July 1977". The recipients, Stephanie Bennett and James Mervis, hosted Ted Hughes during the New York blackout in July of that year, which resulted in city-wide looting. Stephanie... Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 119994

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