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SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queene.
London : 1751First complete and first illustrated edition, including Thomas Birch's Life; Spenser's letter to Walter Raleigh; commendatory verses; numerous dedicatory verses by Spenser; an exact collation of the two original editions of 1590 and 1596 which combine to give the first complete text in one edition including the fragment of Book VII; a glossary; and... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132657
DONNE, John. Paradoxes and Problems.
Soho : 1923First Nonesuch edition, one of 645 copies printed in the Fell types on handmade paper, this copy out of series and marked "Hilda's copy" in ink by the printer, Francis Meynell (1891-1975). Hilda Peppercorn (1886-1962), a concert pianist (performing as Hilda Saxe), was Meynell's first wife. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148122
STALLINGS, A. E. Archaic Smile.
Evansville : 1999First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title "To Ginger, with gratitude for all your good work! Alicia. 24.i.01, Atlanta". This collection of poems, by the recipient of the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award, is uncommon in such fine condition and especially so inscribed. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148105
ANGELOU, Maya. Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie.
New York : 1971First edition, first printing, of the author's first book of poetry, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Richard Gildenmeister, Dick, Brother, you are a boon, a boon for me, for us, (for the species) Please write! and write on! Your sister (How-be-it-now) Maya". Richard Gildenmeister is a former bookseller based in Cleveland, Ohio, where... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 147853
RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
London : First edition in English, first impression, number 537 of 600 copies only. First published in 1873, this surreal opium-influenced 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. The dust jacket is very scarce. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148025
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.
San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968First edition, sole impression, a scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets.
Copies were issued for free with the injunction that they be planted: "The time is right to mix sentences, sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation and the rain with verbs, and for worms to pass... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 148029
ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. The Blessèd Damozel.
Aiken : 1900First edition thus, number 25 of 500 copies printed on Whatman paper, one of 100 only illuminated in water-colours. This copy has a lithographic illustration, after the author and printed on Japanese vellum, loosely inserted. A very attractive printing of Rossetti's Blessed Damozel, the most famous of his poems, first published in 1850. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148030
BUKOWSKI, Charles. Shakespeare Never Did This.
San Francisco : 1979First edition, first impression, signed on the title page by Montfort and Bukowski. This is a fresh copy of "a wryly comic view of Europe as only Bukowski could see it and a moving journey back to his lost past and the small town of his birth (Andernach, Germany) via his triumphant tour as a literary celebrity" (front flap). Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 148045
CARNEVALI, Emanuel. A Hurried Man.
Paris : First edition, first impression, of the only work by Italian writer Emanuel Carnevali (1897-1942) to be published in his lifetime. This book is uncommonly found, especially in such good condition.
After moving to the United States in 1914 at the age of 16, Carnevali became friends with poets such as William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound and... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147823
PLATH, Sylvia. Ariel.
London : 1965First edition, first impression. Plath's most enduring poetry book, published two years after her suicide, edited by Ted Hughes and with an introduction by Robert Lowell. Plath believed her Ariel poems to be the best she had ever produced, "announcing to her mother that 'they will make my name'" (ODNB). Learn More£1,575.00
Stock Code: 144272
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
London : 1930First edition, first impression, in unusually unrestored condition and rare thus. Poems was printed in a run of 1,000 copies. In addition to poetry, this work contains the play "Paid on Both Sides: A Charade", which is dedicated to Cecil Day-Lewis and was written during Auden's stay in Berlin from 1928 to 1929. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147943
COPE, Wendy. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.
London : 1986First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page to the poet and counterculture figure, Felix Dennis (1947-2014) "To Felix from a poet who enjoys your work, Wendy Cope", and with Dennis's bookplate to the front pastedown. This is a lovely association copy. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 147945
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Marino Faliero.
London : 1821First edition, second issue, with the Doge's speech on p. 151 starting "His crimes!" and lasting seven lines (changed from the first issue beginning "What crimes?" followed by five-and-a-half lines, in a superb contemporary binding.
Marino Falerio is a verse tragedy written by Byron after visiting the Palazzo Ducale in Venice and discovering... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147916
AUDEN, W. H. Another Time.
London : 1940First UK edition, first impression, of this highly significant Auden collection, scarce in collectable condition. It includes: "Musée des Beaux Arts", "As I Walked Out One Evening", "Funeral Blues", and "In Memory of W. B. Yeats". Another Time was published simultaneously in the US. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 147732
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. The Springtide of Life.
London : 1918First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 631 of 765 copies signed by the artist. A contemporary review described the edition as "one of his best... Rackham's delicate and romantic fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's poems and his pictures show that he understands no less than did the poet" (The Publisher's Weekly, vol. 94, 1918,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147713
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); BALLADS; British. Some British Ballads.
London : First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 113 of 575 copies signed by the artist. Some British Ballads collects 44 songs and poems from across the country. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147697
DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.
London : 1808-09First Zotti edition, a handsomely bound set of Dante's Divine Comedy in the original Italian.
Romualdo Zotti (d. 1819) was an Italian expatriate in London, a teacher of Italian to young noble women and a printer. Zotti produced highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar, as well as editions of Italian poets. Zotti's interest in the education... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147655
HAGGIN, Blanche Butterworth. Le Livre D'Amour.
New York : 1887First edition of this lavish book of French love poetry, number 19 of 20 large paper copies printed on Japon, numbered and initialled by the editor Blanche Butterworth Haggin on the limitation page, in an exquisitely produced binding by one of the most famous and important fin de siècle French binders, Léon Gruel's atelier, in beautiful condition.
The... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144850
BOWLES, Fred. G. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.
London : 1899First and sole edition, rather uncommon. Fred G. Bowles was best known in his day as a lyricist. However, his poem "Resurrection", published here, was anthologized in The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse (1917). The Sign of the Unicorn was a small publishing house established by the "versatile journalist" and "mercurial 1890s figure" Ernest James... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 141861
SYMONS, Arthur. Amoris Victima.
London : 1897First edition, number 4 of 25 large paper copies, the limitation being in the hand of the publisher, Leonard Smithers, of a total edition of 425 copies. This collection of poems was inspired by a woman called "Lydia" who Symons had met in either 1893 or 1894 (Munro, Arthur Symons, p. 54.) In it, Lydia was "admirably cast for the role of the enigmatic... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 124871
ARNOLD, Matthew. The Forsaken Merman.
London : 1900First Jean Archer edition, this copy beautifully hand coloured, a stunning piece of arts and crafts design. Archer's illustrated edition is uncommon, with 15 copies held institutionally worldwide. In 1901 Dent released a further 50 copies of this work printed on Japon and 10 on vellum for binding by the Guild of Women Bookbinders.
This melancholy... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147588
LARKIN, Philip. Femmes Damnées.
Oxford : 1978First edition, sole separate printing, one of 400 unnumbered copies. The poem was originally written in 1943, just after Larkin graduated from Oxford. The short biography on the verso contains a note in which Larkin recounts that, "The piece is evidence that I once read at least one 'foreign poem', though I can't remember how far, if at all, my verses... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 147560
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe - SHARP, William. Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
London : 1887First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication: "To Mathilde Blind. With the admiration & affection of her friend, William Sharp. Oct 27, '87".
Mathilde Blind (1841-1896) was a German-born English poet who lectured on Shelley and edited A Selection from the Poems of Percy Bysshe... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 146191
KIEFFER BINDING - BAUDELAIRE, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal.
Paris : 1920First Kieffer edition, first printing, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 254 of 485 copies only, of Baudelaire's best-known poetry and including the banned poems, here delicately illustrated by Domin.
First published in 1857 by Baudelaire's friend Auguste Poulet Malassis, Les Fleurs du Mal's principal themes of sex and death (lesbianism,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145732
SASSOON, Siegfried. The War Poems.
London : 1919First edition, first impression. Collects a number of the author's best known war poems and much previously unpublished work. This in many ways is Sassoon's key poetical statement on the war. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 119624
YEATS, W. B. The Shadowy Waters.
London : 1900First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies. Yeats's lyrical, visionary play - "a lengthy Wagnerian verse drama" (ODNB) - tells the love story of Forgael, a dreamer-pirate, and Dectora, a proud queen whose ship he captures. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146908
HOUSMAN, A. E. More Poems.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, deluxe limited issue, number 138 of 379 copies, published simultaneously with the trade edition. The deluxe issue was printed on handmade paper and includes an extra illustration, facing p. 32, which shows the original manuscript for the poem "Tarry, delight".
This edition was printed six months after Housman's... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146925
YEATS, W. B. In the Seven Woods:
Dundrum : 1903First edition, first impression, one of 325 copies, of the first title printed at the Dun Emer Press, this an appealing association copy, from the library of Yeats's friend and business adviser Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867-1962), book collector and director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge (1908-37), with his ownership signature on the front... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147175
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Deathwatch on the Southside.
Cambridge, MA : 1968First edition, number 120 of 150 copies, signed by the author and the translator. This is the first appearance of Deathwatch on the Southside in English; an earlier version entitled The Night They Kept Vigil in the South, with parallel Spanish text titled La noche que en el sur lo velaron, previously appeared in the Anthology of Contemporary Latin-American... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146188
LARKIN, Philip. Aubade.
Madison, Wisconsin : 1980First edition, first printing, number 175 of 250 copies, initialled by the author and the printer on the limitation leaf. "Aubade" was the final major poem published in Larkin's lifetime, having originally appeared in the Times Literary Supplement in 1977. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147561
PLATH, Sylvia. The Colossus & Other Poems.
New York : 1962First 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£1,100.00
Stock Code: 145549
SITWELL, Sacheverell. The Octogenarian.
[Brackley : 1977First edition thus, inscribed on the first page to the literary agent "A birthday celebration to David Higham with all best wishes from Sacheverell 12 November 1977". Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 147553
SAPPHO - CARMAN, Bliss. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics.
London : 1906First De La More Press edition, first impression. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics was the first comprehensive and fully imagined rendering into English of the fragmentary poems of Sappho.
In 1902 Mitchell Kennerley gave Carman a copy of H. T. Wharton's Sappho (1885) and suggested that he poeticise Wharton's more literal translations. Inspired by... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 147542
POUND, Ezra; ELIOT, T. S. (intro.) Selected Poems.
London : 1928First edition, signed limited issue, number 18 of 100 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. This edition was published on 10 December 1928, following the trade issue of 1,000 copies, published on 23 November the same year.
In his introduction to this important edition of Pound's poetry, T. S. Eliot gives an extended commentary... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 147191
LARKIN, Philip. The Less Deceived:
Hessle : 1955First edition, first impression, one of 300 copies in the first issue binding, with the relevant issue point for the first impression: the misprint "floor" for "sea" in the first line of "Absences" (p. 38). The Less Deceived was Larkin's second book of poems, and contains some of his most popular verses, including "Church Going" (pp. 26-27).
This... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147210
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. 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 includes the significant pirated first... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144818
NERUDA, Pablo. Alturas de Macchu Picchu.
Santiago de Chile : First edition, first printing, of Neruda's masterpiece, number 185 of 500 copies exclusively destined to be sold to the Libreria Neira subscribers, from a total edition of 520 copies. This book is rarely found unrestored, as here.
The Heights of Macchu Picchu was first published in English in 1966. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 147570
ELIOT, T. S. (trans.); PERSE, St John. Anabasis.
London : 1930First edition, first impression, number 56 of 350 copies signed by Eliot, printed on handmade paper; there were also 1,650 copies unsigned and bound in blue-green cloth published simultaneously. This handsome Faber edition prints Eliot's translation in parallel with the original French text. Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 146938
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 rare New English Weekly Supplement printings of that poem alone.
With loosely inserted press cuttings from The Spectator of 17 October 1941, reviewing The Dry Salvages, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 143338
OLIVER, Mary. West Wind.
Boston & New York : 1997Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, signed by the author on the title page, scarce thus. West Wind is the thirteenth collection by Oliver, containing 40 pieces of lyric poetry and prose.
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147173
OLIVER, Mary. American Primitive.
Boston & Toronto : 1983First edition, first printing, scarce hardcover issue. American Primitive is the sixth collection of poems by Oliver, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Stanley Kunitz wrote that the book "enchants me with the purity of its lyric voice, the loving freshness of its perceptions, and the singular glow of a spiritual life brightening the pages".
Mary... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147169
OLIVER, Mary. Blue Pastures.
San Diego, New York & London : 1995Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, signed by the author on the title page, scarce thus. Blue Pastures contains 15 prose pieces by Oliver, inspired by her three "sustaining passions": "love of the wild world, love of literature, love for and from another person" (p. 119).
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147170
OLIVER, Mary. The Night Traveler.
Clevaland : 1978First edition, first printing, of the third book of poems by Oliver, in a scarce chapbook printed by Bits Press. Susan Salter Reynolds has described the "Blake-eyed revelatory quality" of Oliver's writing, and so the woodcut by William Blake reproduced on the front cover is a fitting compliment to her collection, which includes "Spring", one of her... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146945
OLIVER, Mary. No Voyage and Other Poems.
Boston : 1965First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page, the scarce first book of poems by Mary Oliver (1935-2019). The US edition is expanded from the UK edition, published in 1963. It contains some of her first nature poems (on snow, trees, hawks, lakes, and the sea), which became her primary theme in later collections.
Reviewing... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 146939
JARRELL, Randall. 5 Young American Poets, and four other first editions, inscribed.
New York : 1940–48–51–53–65A superb archive of family association copies, the first four works inscribed by Jarrell to his aunt and uncle, "To Uncle Howell and Aunt Elise, From Randall". It comprises includes Jarrell's first book appearance, in New Directions' 5 Young American Poets, his third, fourth, and fifth books, and his final book, The Lost World.
Jarrell's uncle,... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 142534
MAPPLETHORPE, Robert (photo.); RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
[New York] : 1986First edition of this translation by Paul Schmidt, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by both Schmidt and Mapplethorpe; with the original 4-page long "Limited Editions Club Letter" loosely inserted.
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... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139013
RIMBAUD, Arthur; VIEILLARD, Roger (illus.) Hommage A Rimbaud.
Paris : 1945First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135463
BLAKE, William. Songs of Innocence.
Clairvaux : 1954First edition thus, copy E of 26 lettered copies, from a total edition of 1,600 copies; the lettered copies were reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the Blake Trust, and the publishers. This is a copy of Rosenwald, subsequently presented by him with a New Year card loosely inserted, reading "Best Wishes for a... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147471
REMINGTON, Frederic, & Owen Wister. Done In The Open.
New York : 1902First edition, first issue, of this collection of Remington's striking illustrations of the American West. It was published simultaneously by P. F. Collier & Son. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142057
OLIVER, Mary. House of Light.
Boston : 1990First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. This is an advance review copy, with a letter from the publisher loosely inserted.
House of Light is the ninth book of poems by Oliver. It includes her poem "The Ponds", in which Oliver memorably defends herself from the charge that her work is too idealistic about the world:... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146956
OLIVER, Mary. White Pine.
New York, San Diego & London : 1994First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. This is an advance review copy, with the publisher's press release laid-in. White Pine is Oliver's eleventh collection, in which "she writes of the silky bonds between each person and the natural world" (dust jacket); it includes "The Sea Mouse" and some of her earliest prose poems.
Mary... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146952
FROST, Robert. Mountain Interval.
New York : 1916First edition, first printing, first issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For W. W. Stark by Robert Frost both of English 18 Amherst 1917".
An excellent association copy, the recipient Whitney W. Stark (with his bookplate to facing pastedown) being a student in Frost's English class at Amherst College,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 146761
THOMAS, Edward. The Woodland Life.
Edinburgh and London : 1897First edition of the author's first book, second state of the binding (no priority) with the decorative panel on the front cover 54 mm from the fore-edge. This debut collection, published when the author was only 19, contains criticism and musings which began his career as a nature writer.
This copy has a distinguished provenance, bearing on... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 146508
RADCLYFFE-HALL, Marguerite. Poems of the Past & Present.
London : 1910First edition, first impression. An attractive copy, in a variant purple cloth, of Radclyffe Hall's third published work. Poems of the Past & Present was dedicated to Hall's lover, Mabel Batten. The collection memorializes their relationship; the first poem, "A Dedication" gives thanks for Batten's love, and the final poem, "Postscript", acknowledges... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131465
FLINT, William Russell (illus.); HERRICK, Robert. One Hundred and Eleven Poems.
London : 1955First Flint edition, signed limited issue, number 82 of 105 copies signed by the artist and in the deluxe sheepskin binding, together with the additional suite of eight sepia plates, here retained in the original envelope. There were also 445 copies bound in parchment and cloth boards.
William Russell Flint not only illustrated the present edition,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146421
SMITH, Patti. A Useless Death.
New York : 1972First edition, number 246 of 300 copies signed by the author. An excellent copy of Smith's poem, the narrator waiting their turn on the scaffold while a queen and 30 of her ladies in waiting are forced to dig their own graves. The poem was published and distributed by Gotham Book Mart, where Smith acted as a book scout during her early years in New... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145624
NERUDA, Pablo. Aún.
Santiago de Chile : 1969First edition, first printing, number 409 of 500 numbered copies, this a presentation copy inscribed by Neruda on the first blank to Nina Bulgakova, a Russian translator of Soviet poetry into Spanish, "a Nina, con una flor, Pablo Neruda, 1969 Isla Negra", incorporating a sketch of a flower, in his customary green ink. Bulgakova travelled Central and... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 145573