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ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
New York : 1943First collected edition, first printing, one of 788 copies with the slug "first American edition" to the verso of the title page. Two printings were produced prior to publication. The first printing constituted 4,165 copies, but the poor quality of the printing led to the publisher destroying all but 788 copies, which were sent out to retain copyright.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 137055
SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare's Sonnets.
London : 1899First Henry Ospovat edition. Ospovat was a prolific illustrator from the late 1800s to early 1900s, providing illustrations for Shakespeare's Songs, Poems by Matthew Arnold, and Robert Browning's Men and Women. He later became known for his caricatures of celebrities, including Harry Lauder and Keir Hardie. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 136713
SASSOON, Siegfried. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.
Worcester : 1960First edition, number 411 of 500 copies only. The Path to Peace is a book of religious verse that followed Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism in 1957. The book is dedicated to Mother Margaret Mary McFarlin, the nun who first drew him towards the faith by writing to him out of the blue after sensing a spiritual struggle in his work when reading... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 136712
ACTON, Harold, & Ch'en Shih-Hsiang (trans.) Modern Chinese Poetry.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, in a nice example of the scarce jacket, of Harold Acton's English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry. It includes his introductory survey, and specimens of the works of Ch'en Meng-chia, Chou Tso-jen, Feng Fei-ming, Ho Chi-fang, Hsu Chih-mo, Kuo Mo-jo, Li Kwang-t'ien, Lin Keng, Pien Chih-lin, Shao Hsun-mei,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 136704
(MOORE, Henry.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, & André Gide (trans.) Prométhée.
Paris : 1950-51First and limited edition of Moore's first lithographic portfolio, this copy marked "H.C." (hors de commerce) and initialled by the publisher P. A. Nicaise, perhaps one of the copies réservées à des collaborateurs (reserved for collaborators); the edition was limited to 183 copies on vélin de chiffon à la forme des Papeteries du Marais.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135517
NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
London : 1966First English-language edition, first impression, of Neruda's masterpiece, a superb presentation copy from the poet to the publisher, inscribed "Un abrazo a Tom de su amigo Pablo 1970" on the front free endpaper, with Tom Maschler's bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132725
HUGHES, Ted. Recklings.
London : 1966First edition, limited issue, number 130 of 150 copies, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his sister, "With love to Olwyn from Ted, January 1967". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 126118
ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
London : 1960First Bodoni edition, number 87 of 290 copies signed by the poet. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 136811
ASHBERY, John. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.
New York : 1975First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed "for Anne Fremantle, with admiration, John Ashbery, December 1 1975" to half-title. The recipient is "Anne Fremantle, a British-born author, art critic, essayist and editor" (The New York Times obituary, 28 December 2002, retrieved 29.11.19), who also "published her first poems in 1931 and followed... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 135895
DRINKWATER, John. Tides.
London : 1917First trade edition, first impression, the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title verso "To Sir Ian Hamilton from John Drinkwater 1917". Drinkwater dedicates the book to General Sir Ian Hamilton with the dedicatory stanza "because the darling chivalries, / that light your battle-line, belong / to music's heart no less than these,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 134237
MACDONALD, George. Exotics.
London : 1876First edition, sole impression, of this scarce anthology of German and Italian poetry translated into English by noted Victorian fantasy writer George MacDonald, including the Spiritual Songs of Novalis. Also presented are English renditions of Luther, Schiller, Goethe, Heine, Petrarch, Milton (from his Italian), and others.
MacDonald first encountered... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 132842
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. "It was a dazzling collection. Swinburne had developed an original poetic voice,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136507
POPE, Alexander. The Works.
London : 1835First edition thus, with Croly's memoir and notes, of Pope's works. This attractive set is from the library of the philosopher and writer Alan W. Watts (19151973), each volume with his self-designed esoterically illustrated bookplate, including the biblical motto "pulsate et aperietur vobis" ("knock, and it shall be opened to you"). Watts was a highly... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134475
(SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.) Shelley at Oxford.
London : 1944Number 26 of 50 copies bound in red morocco, with additional illustrations, and signed by the pressman W. H. Solly, out of a total edition of 500. The volume prints the correspondence of Shelley with Hogg, both of whom would be expelled from Oxford University for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism, together with other letters and an unpublished... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 135460
HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
London : 1992First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the half-title, "For Olwyn, with love, Ted Christmas 1991", together with a large original ornate ink drawing of a fantastical garden. Number XI of 30 copies numbered in Roman numerals, signed and reserved by the author. There were also 250 numbered and... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 125774
MEYER, Tom. Poikilos.
Urbana, IL : 1971First edition, first printing, inscribed with a poem on the half-title, "wet windows / no tears / only rain / January 1978, a 'thread' for Winston from Tom". Two hundred and fifty copies were produced of this finely printed collection of poems. The recipient was Winston Leyland (b.1940), a leading figure in American LGBT publishing who won the Stonewall... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 122967
LOWENFELS, Walter, & Anton Refregier. Song of Peace:
New York : 1959First 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
GURNEY, Ivor. Severn & Somme.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, scarce in commerce. This is one of only two works published in Gurney's lifetime, this collection inspired by the poet's beloved Gloucestershire and written in large part while he was serving as a private with the 2nd/5th Gloucesters from May 1916. Wounded and gassed in September 1917 during... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135974
MARLOWE, Christopher. The Works and Life.
London : 1930-33First edition, first impression, of this important collected edition, for some time the standard version of Marlowe's plays; scarce complete, and especially so in the dust jackets.
Provenance: neat ownership inscriptions to front pastedowns of Norman C. Stevenson (dated 1955), alongside his discreet book label (incorporating Picasso's portrait of... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 135886
(DOUGLASS; Frederick; EMERSON, Ralph Waldo; STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence.) The Atlantic Monthly, devoted to literature, science, art, and politics. January 1867.
Boston : 1867The January 1867 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, which includes the first appearance in print of three notable works, all published anonymously: Frederick Douglass's An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage, a plea for equal suffrage between the races in the aftermath of the Civil War; Edmund Clarence Stedman's Pan in Wall Street, a whimsical poem... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135578
(TCHAIKOVSKY, Modest, trans.) SHAKESPEARE, William. [Sonnets.]
Moscow : 1914First edition of this translation into Russian by Modest Tchaikovsky (1850-1916), the younger brother of the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and a respected dramatist, librettist, poet and translator in his own right, with his plays drawing a large attendance and with many prominent actors performing in them. Printed with the English original side... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 135667
(BEOWULF.) GRUNDTVIG, Nicolai Frederik Severin, trans. [Beowulf.] Bjowulfs Drape.
[Copenhagen] Kjobenhavn : 1820First edition of Grundtvig's translation of Beowulf into Danish, the first printing of the text in any modern language, preceded only by Thorkelin's 1815 Latin edition, Grundtvig's translation being also more complete and more accurate than Thorkelin's, adding 45 pages of corrections.
The Anglo-Saxon epic, the earliest extant long poem in Old English,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135233
GRAVES, Robert. Good-bye To All That.
London : 1929First edition, first impression, first issue with the infamous Sassoon poem intact. The story of the suppression of this issue is well recorded. The work printed a poem Sassoon had written to Graves in letter form. Sassoon was horrified and demanded the recall of the edition and the excision of the offending pages. This request was done and a second... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135796
(RIMBAUD, Arthur.) VIEILLARD, Roger. 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
[POPE, Alexander.] The Rape of the Locke.
London : 1712The first printing of Pope's Rape of the Lock, published anonymously in two cantos, extracted from its appearance in Bernard Lintot's Miscellaneous Poems and Translations, 1712, pp. 353-376. Lintott paid Pope 15 to expand the poem following this printing, with the revised and full poem published in five cantos in 1714, under Pope's name. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 135474
ELIOT, T. S. Ara Vus Prec.
London : 1919First edition, number 118 of 220 numbered copies from a total edition of 264 (the remainder of the edition comprising signed, japon-printed, and review copies). The earliest copies issued were in a binding with paper-covered boards, with this binding of cloth-covered boards following. This was Eliot's third book of poetry. The title of the book was... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135422
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: 130918
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Armenian Exercises and Poetry.
Venice : 1870First edition of this scarce Byron item, produced at the Armenian monastery on the island of San Lazzaro in Venice and reproducing, with facing English and Armenian text, Byron's letters relating to his sojourn there in 1816, and his own translations of various ancient Armenian texts. Also included are several Byron poems (including "The Destruction... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 125694
(HEANEY, Seamus, contrib.) Forward Into the Past.
Concord : 1992First edition, sole printing being one of 150 copies. Heaney contributes the poem, "A Wave From the Distance". This is a contributor's copy containing a presentation letter of thanks from the subject of this festschrift to Angelica Garnett. Very uncommon. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 87479
BROWNING, Robert. Dramatis Personae.
London : 1864First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Grant Duff from Robert Browning, May 30, '64". The recipient was an acquaintance of Browning's; copies of a few letters from him to her are laid in, dating from around the time of the inscription. Dramatis Personae was Browning's first book following the death of his wife... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134883
KEATS, John. Endymion: A Poetic Romance.
London : 1818First edition, very scarce first issue unrestored in original boards. Endymion was the second of only three lifetime publications by Keats, comprising his longest single sustained poem, famous for its opening line: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". This copy has the first issue imprint to the verso of the half-title "Printed by T. Miller, Noble... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 134729
DOUGLAS, Alfred. Sonnets.
London : 1909First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author "For Mrs Watts Dunton, June 1918. Alfred Bruce Douglas" on the half-title. The recipient, Clara Watts Dunton, née Reich (18761938), was the widow of Theodore Watts Dunton (18321914), an influential pre-Raphaelite critic, poet, and close friend of Algernon Swinburne. Watts had control of Swinburn's... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 134451
SAYLE, Charles. Erotidia.
Rugby : 1889First edition, presentation copy from the author to Joseph Gleeson White, inscribed on the front free endpaper on Valentine's Day: "J. Gleeson White from Charles Sayle 'S. Valentine' 1889", along with Gleeson White's bookplate on the front free endpaper. Erotidia, Sayle's second book of poetry, was limited to 220 copies. Gleeson White (18511898) was... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 134330
ROSENBERG, Isaac. The Collected Works.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket. "Rosenberg's poems from the front show him to have absorbed the great tradition of English pastoral poetry, but his tone is different: more impersonal, informal, ironic, and lacking the indignation characteristic of the work of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon", who provides the foreword... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134117
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey. Under the Hill,
London : 1904First edition, one of 50 copies printed on japon, of Beardsley's unfinished erotic novel based on the legend of Tannhäuser, alongside a collection of Beardsley's other poems, letters, and artwork. This copy has the armorial bookplate of Sydney Frederick McIlree Lomer on front free endpaper. In 1914 McIlree Lomer, a Uranian poet and Major with the Sherwood... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134094
ASHBERY, John. Some Trees.
New Haven : 1956First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Barbara, with love John Ashbery, October 19, 1957" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was fellow poet and core member of the New York School of poets Barbara Guest (1920-2006). Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection was made by W. H. Auden,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 134111
(BECKETT, Samuel, trans.) APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume. Zone.
Dublin : 1972First edition, signed limited issue, number 150 of 250 copies specially bound, and signed by Beckett on the limitation page. This Dolmen Press edition presents, in facing translation, two of the century's most charismatic and influential writers. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 133976
[YEATS, W. B., Ernest Dowson, etc.] The Book of the Rhymers' Club; The Second Book of the Rhymers' Club.
London : 1892 and 1894First editions, sole printings. The Rhymers' Club was founded by W. B. Yeats in 1890 as an informal poetry society that met at the Cheshire Cheese pub in Fleet Street (where Samuel Johnson, in an earlier age, also used to drink). This set includes both volumes published by the group, featuring poetry by Yeats and 12 other contributors: Ernest Dowson,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133920
BRONTË, Patrick. Cottage Poems.
Halifax : 1811First edition, sole impression, of this scarce debut collection of poems by the father of the Brontë sisters. Patrick Bronte's first published poem "Winter Evening Thoughts" had appeared in a local Shropshire newspaper in 1810. He then moved up to Yorkshire and had this collection of poems published in Halifax. Brontë would marry Maria Branwell in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133120
(CHIMOT, Édouard, illus.) VERLAINE, Paul. Parallèlement.
Paris : 1931First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.
Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine quality art-printed books. His... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132689
KAZANTZAKIS, Nikos. Odysseas.
Athens : 1928First edition, first impression, of Kazantzakis's ambitious verse drama based on Homer's Odyssey. The first edition is institutionally rare, with OCLC showing only six locations. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 132701
NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
London : 1966First English-language edition of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular genius for bringing world-class... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 132729
(MATISSE, Henri.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire.
Paris : 1952First edition thus, first printing, number 233 of 300 on vélin d'arches, from a total edition of 350, with the chemise and slipcase in unusually nice condition.
The friendship between the caricaturist and writer André Rouveyre (1879-1962) and the artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) left a trail of art works and a correspondence of over 1 100 letters.... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 132731
LORCA, Federico García. Ode à Salvador Dali.
Paris : 1938First edition, first printing, inscribed by both translators on the front free endpaper, "à Francis Poulenc, hommage des traducteurs, Paul Éluard, Louis Parrot", one of the few hors commerce copies, unnumbered as issued, from a total edition of 515 copies.
This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network of friendships and affairs between... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132463
SPENSER, Edmund. La Mutabilita.
Napoli : 1827First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English scholar and Italophile who from... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 132611
(FERRERO, Roger.) VERLAINE, Paul. Romances et la Bonne Chanson.
Zurich : First edition illustrated by Roger Ferrero, number 15 of 35 on papier Guarro à la main, from an edition limited to 180 copies, with an original drawing signed, and a suite of illustrations on Japon, signed "Grosclaude" and "RFerrero" on the limitation page, the present work with an extra 3 original drawings by Ferrero.
This luxury edition was published... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 132195
(JAPANESE POETRY.) LEVITT, Martin, & Lafcadio Hearn. Poems from the Japanese.
[No place] : 1958First edition, number 52 of 150 copies on folded hemp paper, signed by Levitt. This is the first Mandrill Press publication, which appears to have published only one other book: Flower-gazer: Japanese poems, printed in 1961.
This publication, in the Japanese woodblock printing style, brings together Haiku poems of various eras which "were... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 132198
[BRADLEY, Katharine, & Edith Cooper.] FIELD, Michael. Wild Honey.
London : 1908First edition of this collaborative collection of poetry by Edith Emma Cooper and her aunt and sometime lover Katharine Harris Bradley, pseudonymously-published as Michael Field. This work "gathered together a vast wealth of poetry spanning a considerable time period" and "represents a poetic narrative on a grand scale, charting as it does a period... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 132014
MAYAKOVSKY, Vladimir. Oblako v shtanakh. Tetraptikh. (A Cloud in Trousers: A Tetraptich.)
1918First edition with the unexpurgated original text, the second overall following a substantially censored first edition in 1915. Before the 1917 revolution Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) had been a "regular scandal-maker" (his own words) of the Futurist school, but by 1918 his revolutionary voice found endorsement in this uncensored edition of his key... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 130878
[DEPEW, Wally, ed.] PN2 experiment flipbook, nos 2 & 5.
Scranton, PA : [c.1964-1966]Two rare flipbooks of avant-garde mimeo-art/concrete poetry issued by the Poetry Newsletter, which was published by Pennsylvania native Wally Depew in the mid-1960s and ran through 12 issues. The somewhat tongue-in-cheek "Bibliography" for each flipbook includes the Works of Rabelais, "Eadweard" Muybridge's Human Figure in Motion, John Cage's Silence,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 135171