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PINTER, Harold. The Birthday Party.
London : 1959First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Birthday Party was Pinter's first full-length play, "which, after a short, highly successful provincial tour, opened at the Lyric Hammersmith on 19 May 1958 but closed at the end of the week" (ODNB). Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140336
SPENDER, Stephen. Twenty Poems.
Oxford : First edition, limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second blank, "To Elizabeth, with love from Stephen. June 11th". From a total edition of 135 copies, of which 75 copies were numbered and signed. This, the author's second book, was published while Spender was a student at Oxford: it was well received and prompted T. S.... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 140052
UNZER, Johanna Charlotte. Versuchin sittlichen und zärtlichen Gedichten.
[Leipzig : 1754First edition of a beautifully produced work of verse, printed by the celebrated German typographer Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf.
"The only significant German woman writer of 'anacreontic poetry'", Johanna Charlotte Unzer (1724/25-1782) published two early books of verse: the present, a set of contemplative poems which "include illuminating... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 137490
AKHMATOVA, Anna. [Cyrillic:] Requiem.
Munich : 1963First edition in book form, one of 500 copies, of Akhmatova's masterpiece. Requiem was an outcry, a cycle of poems written from 1935 and capturing the horrors and anguish of the Great Terror under Stalin, during which Akhmatova's husband and son were both sent to the gulag. The poems in Requiem, unpublishable in Russia, were absent from Akhmatova's... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140541
DRINKWATER, John. To Be Spoken with An Appeal for Funds For the Rebuilding of The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
London : 1926First edition, limited issue, number 1 of 25 specially printed copies, this inscribed by the author "No. 1. David from Jonathan". Drinkwater was the governor of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, along with George Bernard Shaw. This 14 line poem was written to petition for funds for the rebuilding of the theatre, after it was destroyed by fire in 1926.... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140034
PRIDEAUX, Walter. Poems of Chivalry, Faery, and The Olden Time.
London : 1840First and only edition of this unusually early example of this genre, anticipating Tennyson's Arthurian poetry by over a decade. Possibly a family copy, with the ink ownership inscription "W. de C. Prideaux" to the half-title in a later hand, seemingly the author of Notes on Mediaeval Enamelled Armorial Horse Trappings, with Reference to a Weymouth... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 139881
RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.
London : First edition in English, this book was first published in France in 1854 as "La poésie des races celtiques". Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is best known for his 1863 Vie de Jésus, which was an immediate success, but " it is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence" (PMM 352).
This copy belonged... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 139627
GINSBERG, Allen. Photographs.
Altadena : 1990First edition, first printing, inscribed copy, of Ginsberg's collection of photographs of his close friends, including Kerouac, Cassady, Burroughs, Orlovsky, Snyder, Corso and Leary; and some of luminaries such as Robert Frank, Basil Bunting, Lou Reed and Ken Kesey; all with revealing descriptive annotations in facsimile. From an edition of 5,100 copies,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140264
BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.
London : 1919First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 956 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; an additional 13 were printed on vellum. Brooke's Collected Poems were first published in 1915 in the US, and then in the UK in 1918, expanded and with a memoir by Eddie Marsh - this is the first fine press edition, issued by Philip Lee Warner's Riccardi Press... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 140298
YEATS, W. B. On the Boiler.
Dublin : First trade edition, following the unprocurable privately printed edition published a year earlier in Dundrum. Only four copies of the Dundrum edition were issued when it was decided to reprint the book, all of which now reside in institutions.
Published just before Yeats's death in January 1939, On the Boiler contains several essays which... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139825
KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems. 1886-1929.
London : 1929First edition, number 310 of 525 numbered copies signed by the author, an exceptional set with the original dust jackets and glassines. A beautifully produced set, printed in Baskerville type by the Chiswick Press on handmade paper, and very much in the manner of the superb Sussex Edition of Kipling's works - "planned by Macmillan as a monument to the... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140109
NERUDA, Pablo. Cien Sonetos de Amor.
Buenos Aires : 1960First trade edition, first printing, of Neruda's sonnet sequence, written over a period of three years for his wife and widely regarded as one of his greatest works. This is also the first hardback edition: it was preceded only by a privately printed signed limited edition, issued in wrappers with different illustrations in 1959. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140038
LE DANTEC, Yves-Gerard. Nouveaux Sonnets Ouraniens.
Paris : 1944First edition, limited issue, number 83 of 90 copies printed on vellum, from a total edition of 100 copies, signed by the artist below the frontispiece. Andre Marchand (1907-1997) was a French painter and one of the founding members of the Salon de Mai. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140046
PEARSE, Andrew, & Balachandra Rajan. Focus One [together with] Focus Two.
London : 1945 & 1946First editions, first impressions. Focus was a serial miscellany concerned with contemporary writing: Focus One presents a wide selection of poems and essays, while Focus Two is primarily concerned with the realist novel in the 1930s. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140057
PREWETT, Frank. Poems.
Richmond, London : First edition, first impression, of this notably uncommon edition, handset by Virginia Woolf for the Hogarth Press. The Canadian poet Frank James Prewett (1893-1962) surfaced as a poet of the First World War, meeting Sassoon at Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is his first published collection of verse and "contains many of the poet's finest trench... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139956
THOMAS, Edward. Poems.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, an an exceptional example, of Thomas's first regularly published book of poems, issued after his death at Arras on Easter Monday 1917. This is one of 1,050 copies printed, half of which were issued by Selwyn & Blound in the UK, and half by Henry Holt in America. The book is dedicated to Robert Frost, who had encouraged... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 128257
STEWART, Robert. Prison Rhymes:
[Perth] : First edition, first impression, of this scarce collection of anti-war poems written during Stewart's imprisonment during the First World War for mounting a campaign against the punishment and imprisonment of conscientious objectors. Stewart was released from prison in April 1919 and published the present booklet of his poems entitled Prison Rhymes.... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 139823
(LANG, Andrew trans.) COLONNA, Francesco. The Strife of Love in a Dream.
London : 1890First edition thus, one of 500 copies. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili was first published by Aldus Manutius in 1499, this edition reproducing several of the anonymous woodcut illustrations from the Aldine edition, including that of the title page. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139810
(DOVES PRESS.) BROWNING, Robert. Dramatis Personae.
Hammersmith : 1910 [January 1911]First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on handmade paper, a further 15 copies were issued on vellum. The Doves Press was run by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson alongside his wife Anne. Cobden-Sanderson left his career as a lawyer in 1884 in order to open the Doves Bindery, establishing the Doves Press in 1900. He was interested in all aspects of book design,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139554
YEATS, W. B. The Poems.
London : 1949First and signed limited edition, number 182 of 375 copies signed by the author to the verso of the half-title, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is not found with this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 131846
BUKOWSKI, Charles. War All the Time.
Santa Barbara : 1984First and limited edition, one of "126 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, each with an original painting by Charles Bukowski" - this copy not numbered but inscribed "Presentation Copy" and signed by Bukowski. In addition, this copy is inscribed (in characteristic marker pen) on the blank facing the title page: "For Arthur Applebaum -... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 120437
STEVENS, Wallace. Ideas of Order.
New York : 1935First and limited edition, signed by Stevens; this one of just 10 copies for review and marked "out of series", from a total edition of 165.
An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal notation. F. O. Matthiessen... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 72150
MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.
London : 1927First edition, first impression, of the third book in the Winnie-The-Pooh series. Alongside Milne's charming verse, this collection is also notable for including many illustrations of Pooh, Piglet, and the other nursery toys, even when uncalled for by the poems. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138625
(VAUGHAN, Keith, illus.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
London : 1949First edition thus, first impression, of this bilingual publication translated by Scottish poet Norman Cameron and illustrated by British painter Keith Vaughan. First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with a revolver in the summer of that year.
From... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 139613
SASSOON, Siegfried. To My Mother.
London : 1928Signed limited edition, number 463 of 500 large-paper copies printed on English handmade paper, numbered and signed by the author. Number 14 in the Ariel Poems series, Sassoon's poem pays tribute to his mother, Theresa Thornycroft Sassoon (1853-1947). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 128229
UPDIKE, John. The Angels.
Pensacola : 1968First and sole edition, one of 150 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "for Herb Yellin something of an angel himself John" on the half title. Herb Yellin (1935-2014) was a publisher and founder of the Lord John Press, who published handsome signed limited editions for a number of high-profile authors, including Stephen King, Ray Bradbury,... Learn More£580.00
Stock Code: 128337
(POETRY.) Lady's Poetical Magazine
London : 1781-2First editions of these poetry collections, which include works by Thomas Bellamy, Thomas Blacklock, Charles Churchill, John Gilbert Cooper. Henry Fielding, Soame Jenyns, William Fordyce Mavor, John Milton, and Hester Thrale. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 125309
RICH, Adrienne Cecile. A Change of World.
New Haven, CT : 1951First edition, first printing, with the ownership inscription of fellow poet Anthony Thwaite, dated "London 1953", to the front free endpaper. Thwaite (b. 1930) is a poet, literary critic, and notably the literary executor for Philip Larkin. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford and, in 1953, whilst still an undergraduate and a year after Rich herself... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139711
HUGHES, Ted. Crow Wakes.
Woodford Green, Essex : 1971First edition, first printing, signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet. The title page verso is signed "No. 28, Ted Hughes" and the front free endpaper signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 46/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that "These poems were excluded... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 125129
SASSOON, Siegfried. The War Poems.
London : 1919First edition, first impression. The volume includes 63 poems of the war, most written while Sassoon was in hospital recovering from his injuries. "Sassoon's savagely realistic and compassionate war poems had established his stature as a fully fledged poet, and despite all his later prose and verse, and his growing aversion to the label, it was mainly... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135908
YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.
London : 1889First edition, first impression, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To James A. Healy, most of the subscribers for the book were found by John O'Leary, the Fenian leader. W. B. Yeats." James Augustine Healy (1890-1975) was an Irish-American stockbroker, bibliophile, and patron of Irish writers, who donated the James Augustine Healy Collection... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 112219
WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.
New York : 1945First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the day of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Jean Lanslow with love from Oscar Williams - editor - June 19 1945", the inscription continued by the founder of the John Day company: "And from Richard Walsh", and by two contributors, "from Hubert Creekmore" and "from... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 139656
HUGHES, Ted. Spring Summer Autumn Winter.
London : 1973First edition, number 53 of 140 copies only, signed by the author. This copy is additionally inscribed by Hughes to the front free endpaper, "Among the acres of the rye / These pretty country folk do lie - With our sincere love from Carol and Ted June 27th 1975". The lines of verse are a slight mis-transcription of the song "It Was a Lover and His Lass"... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139682
GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Prophet.
New York : 1923First edition, first printing, a very scarce presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Brander Matthews with real admiration from Kahlil Gibran, October 1923". The recipient, Brander Matthews (1852-1929), was an American writer and educator. The first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university, he played a... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 138457
NERUDA, Pablo. Cien sonetos de amor.
Santiago : 1959First edition, first printing, number 203 of a total edition of 300 copies signed by the author. This is one of the 250 printed on Ledger paper and accompanied by a lithograph by Antunez, signed in pencil by the artist. Of the remaining 50 copies, 20 were printed for the press, eight copies were reserved for collaborators, and 22 copies were printed... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 139649
DANTE ALIGHIERI; PHILLIPS, Tom, illus. & trans. Dante's Inferno.
London : 1985First trade edition of Phillips's Dante, this number 67 of 100 special copies containing a loose signed and numbered Phillips screenprint, additionally signed on the limitation page, and slipcased. This is the signed limited issue of the "popular edition" (jacket front flap), following the 180 copies of the original edition produced at the Talfourd... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139494
(PAUL, Evelyn.) Aucassin and Nicolete.
London : First Evelyn Paul edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 117 of 125 copies signed by the illuminator Evelyn Paul, and bound in decorated full vellum. Paul's designs are based on the decoration of mediaeval manuscripts, a fine accompaniment for Michael West's translation of the French tale, composed around the late 12th to early 13th century. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139446
(VASSOS, John, illus.) WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
New York : 1930Early printing of John Vassos's illustrated Ballad of Reading Gaol, signed on the half title by the illustrator, and in excellent condition with the jacket and glassine. John Vassos (1898-1985) was an American industrial and graphic designer famous for designing the first commercially available television sets and many other popular products and logos.... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 139448
SNYDER, Gary. Turtle Island.
New York : 1974First edition, first printing, scarce first issue (without the Pulitzer sticker to the jacket), inscribed on the title page "For Gary Lepper Gary Snyder", Snyder adding a small ink drawing of a turtle below. Lepper is a bibliographer (the author of A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors) and book collector based in California.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139303
(ESSEX HOUSE PRESS.) DRYDEN, John. Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music.
Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904First Essex House edition, number 61 of 140 copies only, printed on vellum and hand-illuminated. This is a lovely production of the Essex House Press, number 11 in their "Great Poems of the Language" series. The book's production was overseen by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), a central figure in the Arts and Craft movement and the founder of the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139264
BURNS, Robert. The Works.
Edinburgh : 1877-9First William Scott Douglas edition, a very fine edition, well printed on superior paper, and here abundantly extra-illustrated. The edition is described by ODNB as a "splendid, six-volume library edition. The poems in this edition are arranged chronologically, and while it was the most sumptuous yet published it was also the most complete and correct... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139102
STRICKLAND, Agnes. The Seven Ages of Woman, and Other Poems.
London : 1827First edition, presentation copy from the author's sister, inscribed on the half-title "To Mrs Cautley with Jane M Strickland's love", later inscribed on the half-title verso, "To Miss G. F. J. Foster with compliments from Andrew J Cutler", with the ownership signature of Ida S. Cutler to the title page.
The Seven Ages of Woman is Agnes Strickland's... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 138335
(NONESUCH PRESS.) HOMER. The Iliad [and] Odyssey.
[London] : 1931First Nonesuch editions, number 313 of 1,450 copies and 3 of 1,300 copies respectively. The Nonesuch Homer was one of the finest productions of the Nonesuch Press, a shining example of how fine printing and commercial viability could be brought together. The Greek text is printed in parallel with the English translation of Alexander Pope, which was... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 135113
HALLIWELL, James Orchard. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:
London : 1849First edition of this important little work; scarce in commerce. James Orchard Halliwell (later Halliwell-Philipps, 1820-1889), antiquary and literary scholar, co-founder of both the Percy and Shakespeare Societies, is one of the most significant figures in the codification of English nursery rhymes. Popular Rhymes was a sequel to his groundbreaking... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136692
[BACON, Mary Ann.] The Legend of St. Bernard.
Norwich : First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Howlett from her affectionate friend MAB". We can trace ten copies in institutions worldwide, just one of those a presentation copy, inscribed from the author's father (see below).
The little-known British poet Mary Ann Bacon (fl. 1839-1870, d. 1875) was born into a... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136220
ORTON, I. R. The Dreamer and the Sheaves,
London : 1955First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to the title page, "To Alan Guest, best wishes from I. R. Orton". Loosely inserted in this copy are two letters to the editor of Stand magazine and poet Jon Silkin, one in manuscript, dated 27 November 1954; the second typed and signed in manuscript. Alongside the letters Orton has sent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136259
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.
Paris : 1829First edition of the first anthology of the Romantic writers, also comprising the first collected edition of the poems of John Keats. Each poet is prefaced with a memoir, that of Shelley incorporating Mary Shelley's preface to his Posthumous Poems. Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136066
MEREDITH, George. Poems.
London : First edition of the author's first book, the publication of which he funded himself. Though he later disowned the work, it was praised at the time by both Tennyson and Charles Kingsley. Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 130288
DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.
London : 1808-9First Zotti edition. Romualdo Zotti (d. c.1819) was an Italian expatriate who acted as a teacher of Italian for young noble women as well as being a printer, producing highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar as well as editions of Italian poets such as Petrarch. Zotti's focus upon the education of the English upper classes is indicated by... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 124978
CRANE, Stephen. The Black Riders and Other Lines.
Boston : 1895First edition, deluxe issue, one of 50 copies printed in green on japon. The Black Riders is first book of poetry by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), famous for his novels such as his acclaimed Civil War tale The Red Badge of Courage, published in the same year as this collection. Crane was a prolific writer of poetry, though only in private at first, writing... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 117295
HODGSON, William Hope. The Calling of the Sea.
London : 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