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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. Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609.

    Oxford : 1905

    First edition thus, the Clarendeon Press facsimile of the 1609 first edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets. With the bookplate of actor John Martin Harvey (1863-1944). Learn More

    Stock Code: 114988

  2. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.

    Chipping Campden : 1929

    First Alcuin Press edition, number 134 of 325 copies in total. First published in 1896 and 1922 respectively, this work collected together in two volumes what was then understood to be the entire corpus of Housman's published poetry. This book was handsomely printed in the private press manner on Batchelor handmade paper for the publishers by the Alcuin... Learn More

    Stock Code: 126238

  3. Cleveland undercovers.
    LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.

    Cleveland : 1966

    First edition, this one of 65 special copies "bound with freak covers by the author" (each being thus unique, this one incorporating old maps of Ohio, a striking photograph of two Native Americans, and newsprint collage), from a total edition of 500. This copy is inscribed on the title page, "many thanks, d. a. levy". Levy (1942-1968) was a leading... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138636

  4. The Works.
    BURNS, Robert. The Works.

    Edinburgh : 1877-9

    First William Scott Douglas edition, here handsomely bound and abundantly extra-illustrated, 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 regarding both text and notes".

    Douglas... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139102

  5. Aucassin and Nicolete.
    PAUL, Evelyn. Aucassin and Nicolete.

    London : [1917]

    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

    Stock Code: 139446

  6. The Angels.
    UPDIKE, John. The Angels.

    Pensacola : 1968

    First 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

    Stock Code: 128337

  7. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
    BLAKE, William. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

    Clairvaux : 1960

    First edition thus, deluxe limited issue: copy VIII of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked with Blake's monogram.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136923

  8. Poems.
    THOMAS, Edward. Poems.

    London : 1917

    First 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

    Stock Code: 128257

  9. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.
    RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.

    London : [1897]

    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 to the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139627

  10. The Birthday Party.
    PINTER, Harold. The Birthday Party.

    London : 1959

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140336

  11. Extempore Memorial.
    ROWSE, A. L. Extempore Memorial.

    [Oxford : 1933]

    Rare first and sole edition. A touching elegy for Charles Henderson (1900-1933), fellow historian and Cornishman, privately printed following his sudden death in Rome. In 1935 Rowse co-edited with Henderson's wife, Isobel Munro, Henderson's Essays in Cornish History (1935). An online search of institutional libraries cites copies at just five locations:... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140179

  12. Collab.
    SCHUYLER, James, & Helena Hughes. Collab.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, limited issue, one of 200 unnumbered copies. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140172

  13. Ode a la France.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Ode a la France.

    Paris : 1917

    First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French hegemony... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140650

  14. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.
    BAUMANN, Gustave (illus.); BANNING, Kendall. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.

    Chicago : 1918

    First trade edition, first printing, of this collection of 13 poems and accompanying woodcuts, following the limited edition of 525 copies in a larger format on handmade paper published by the Brothers of the Book in 1916.

    The publisher, Laurence Woodworth was the scrivener for the Brothers of the Book, a small private press "made up of those... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140322

  15. Poems.
    FIELD, Alice Withrow. Poems.

    London : 1932

    First edition, number 35 of 250 copies only, of this attractively produced and illustrated collection of poems. Alice Withrow Field (1909-1960) was a sex researcher, criminologist, and social scientist, whose seminal work Protection of Women and Children in Soviet Russia was also published in 1932. This edition is now uncommon and has been traced at... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139595

  16. Citoyens.
    TRANSTROMER, Tomas. Citoyens.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire : 1974

    First English language edition, copy 100 of 150 copies, printed on Abbey Mills laid paper, this a presentation copy inscribed by Transtromer and additionally signed by the translator Robin Fulton on the colophon.

    Copies numbered 1 to 50 were issued signed by Transtromer; this copy, though a later number, is presented by the poet with a lengthy... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141215

  17. The Tale of Beowulf.
    MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt (trans.) The Tale of Beowulf.

    Hammersmith : 1895

    First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, in gorgeous condition, and inscribed by Morris in the year of publication on the second blank, "to Robert W. Smith, from William Morris, Sept: 24th 1895". The Kelmscott Beowulf is already a scarce book (300 copies were printed on paper, as here, with a further eight on vellum),... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141603

  18. Ruins and Visions.
    SPENDER, Stephen. Ruins and Visions.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of a work rarely found inscribed, to his lifelong friend and fellow poet W. H. Auden on the half-title, "To Wystan, with love from Stephen. March 1942".

    This is a key association, inscribed using Auden's first name, which was reserved for friends. Auden was a major influence on Spender: "A pontiff... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139371

  19. Ronsard.
    WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B. Ronsard.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, third impression, of the author's biography of the French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). The first edition was published in the US and UK simultaneously, with the first impression appearing in 1944. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140591

  20. Contemporary Techniques of Poetry.
    GRAVES, Robert. Contemporary Techniques of Poetry.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141017

  21. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.
    OMAR KHAYYÁM. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.

    Worcester, Mass. : 1910

    First edition in Japanese, number 31 of 100 copies, and invariably scarce; this a particularly well preserved copy of a fragile publication.

    In his introduction, Hikozo Kikase remarks that his translation was undertaken as the behest of "my friend Mr. F. L. Coes so as to add a new variety to his collection of seven hundred copies of the original... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141753

  22. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.
    BOWLES, Fred. G. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.

    London : 1899

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141861

  23. The Winding Stair and other poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair and other poems.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression, of Yeats's follow-up collection to The Tower, containing some of his best, and most difficult, poems, such as "Blood and the Moon", "A Dialogue of Self and Soul", "Vacillation", and, of course, "Byzantium", and thus full of "those images that yet / fresh images beget; / that dolphin-torn, and gong tormented sea". A smaller... Learn More

    Stock Code: 119643

  24. The Work and Life of Solon.
    FREEMAN, Kathleen. The Work and Life of Solon.

    Cardiff : 1926

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of the author's first book, inscribed by the author to her long-term partner, at the very start of their acquaintance, on the front free endpaper, "Lilian M.C. Clopet, from Kathleen Freeman July 14th, 1926". This work, "considered essential reading", is uncommonly found in the jacket or inscribed, this... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142281

  25. Christ the Redeemer:
    GILBERT, Edward. Christ the Redeemer:

    London : 1896

    First and limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies of the "India Proof" issue "being the first impressions of the plates". A nice example of Chiswick Press printing. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141386

  26. The Tempers.
    WILLIAMS, William Carlos. The Tempers.

    London : 1913

    First edition, first impression, rare early presentation copy inscribed by Williams on the front free endpaper, "L. T. G. from William Carlos Williams 4/14/19". The recipient was Leroy Truman Goble, identified by his illustrated book plate for "The Gobles" designed by Franz von Baryos to the front pastedown. Goble was an American photographer and amateur... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142738

  27. The More Deserving Cases.
    GRAVES, Robert. The More Deserving Cases.

    [Marlborough] : 1962

    Signed limited edition, number 590 of 750 copies signed by Graves, one of 350 in buckram. Learn More

    Stock Code: 142889

  28. Poèmes de Charles d'Orléans.
    MATISSE, Henri (illus.); Charles of Orléans. Poèmes de Charles d'Orléans.

    Paris : 1950

    First edition thus, first printing, number 1127 of 1,230 copies on vélin d'Arches signed by Matisse on the limitation page. This work was entirely composed by Matisse, reproducing his manuscript version of the medieval poetry by the Duke of Orléans (1394-1465), including some of his rondeaux, chansons, and ballads.

    The Duke was taken prisoner... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142638

  29. Simpson's Choice.
    CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, this copy is unnumbered but marked "Review Copy", and bears the pencil ownership inscription, of the journalist and author Richard Ellis Roberts (1879-1953), to the front free endpaper.

    Roberts was"for a few years from 1928, literary editor of the New Statesman, and a relatively undistinguished... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143062

  30. Letters to J. H. Leigh Hunt.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Letters to J. H. Leigh Hunt.

    London : 1894

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "To Henry Norman, With Kindest Regards from Thos. J. Wise. 7/iv/95". One of 30 copies only, especially rare inscribed, and in such good condition.

    Leigh Hunt "who introduced the poet to Horace Smith and John Keats, became possibly Shelley's closest friend, and certainly... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143164

  31. Dart.
    OSWALD, Alice. Dart.

    London : 2002

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to her fellow poet Pat Borthwick, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Pat love from Alice O. Ledbury 2009". Oswald's book-length poem, winner of the 2002 T. S. Eliot Prize, documents the River Dart in Devon over three years. Learn More

    Stock Code: 142589

  32. A Look Round the Estate:
    AMIS, Kingsley. A Look Round the Estate:

    London : 1967

    First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow author and bibliophile "John Baxter, from Kingsley Amis, drinking at a quiet pace".

    Baxter recounts the circumstances of his Amis collection being signed in his entertaining memoir A Pound of Paper (2002). Learn More

    Stock Code: 142957

  33. 143686
    GREEVER, Garland, & Joseph M. Bachelor (eds.) The Soul of the City. An Anthology of Urban Verse.

    Boston and New York : 1923

    First edition, first impression, with the very scarce dust jacket, of the first anthology of its kind, collecting the poetry of the city, drawing on Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, and Whitman, as well as representing many more contemporary writers. "A great city is a great poem - not a poem by a dapper and correct versifier, but a poem by a Shakespeare,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143686

  34. 143762
    BENTLEY, Nicolas (illus.); MORTON, John Bingham. 1933 and Still Going Wrong!

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of poetry satirising contemporary personality types. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143762

  35. The Poems.
    OWEN. Wilfred. The Poems.

    London : 1931

    First Blunden edition of Wilfred Owen's poems, first impression, number 23 of 160 large paper copies, and signed by Blunden on page 41 at the end of his "Memoir".

    This edition was expanded by fellow war-poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) from the first edition of 1920 edited by Siegfried Sassoon, who of all the war poets had known Owen best, albeit... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143660

  36. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn, NY : 1855

    First edition, first state binding. The first edition of Leaves of Grass was self-published by Whitman. His money ran tight as production continued and the bindings became progressively less elaborate. Only 337 copies were bound in the deluxe first binding with gilt border, edges gilt and marbled endpapers, as here. A total of 795 copies were eventually... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143598

  37. The Beauties of English Poesy.
    GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Beauties of English Poesy.

    London : 1767

    First edition, complete with the half-titles and contents leaves in both volumes. This is a particularly nice copy, in a handsome unrestored contemporary binding, of this scarce anthology of English poetry selected by Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), published the year after The Vicar of Wakefield.

    The selection includes such near-contemporary... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143778

  38. The Town Down the River.
    ROBINSON, Edwin Arlington. The Town Down the River.

    New York : 1916

    Second edition, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Lewis Chase, From E. A. Robinson, 1917", and with Chase's pictorial bookplate to first blank. It was first published in 1910. Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) was an American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry on three occasions and was nominated four times for the Nobel Prize in literature.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144149

  39. London Lyrics.
    LOCKER, Frederick. London Lyrics.

    London : 1881

    First privately printed edition, large paper issue with frontispiece and illustration (not present in the ordinary issue), this copy in the deluxe vellum binding, other copies issued in cloth.

    "Austin Dobson made the selection for the privately printed edition, and prefixed the prefatory sexain... very few copies were printed" (Murray); the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144310

  40. The Marmosite's Miscellany.
    GRAVES, Robert, as John Doyle. The Marmosite's Miscellany.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Robert Graves only used the pseudonym of John Doyle for this one work but he adopted a number of pen names throughout his early career, particularly for contributions to periodicals such as The Carthusian, The Spectator, and Woman's Leader. The Sussex ledge shows 106 copies sold by 6 January 1928.

    This copy has... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144345

  41. Cruelty.
    AI. Cruelty.

    Boston : 1973

    First edition, first printing, of the author's first book, inscribed by Ai on the half-title "To Bill & Deborah, Love Ai (Florence)". This is a review copy with the publisher's review slip and the original photograph of the author, used on the jacket, loosely inserted.

    "The poet Ai (1947-2010) was noted for her uncompromising poetic vision and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144826

  42. 144354
    YEATS, William Butler. Mosada.

    Dublin : 1886

    First edition of Yeats's dramatic poem Mosada, printed in the Dublin University Review, preceding the separate edition published later that year (Yeats's first stand-alone publication, a great rarity). Learn More

    Stock Code: 144354

  43. 144629
    CLARE, John. The Rural Muse.

    London : 1835

    First edition, first impression, of Clare's final collection, which is rare in the original cloth. It includes some of Clare's best-known poems such as "The Skylark" and "The Yellowhammer's Nest". Learn More

    Stock Code: 144629

  44. The Waste Land.
    ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.

    New York : 1922

    First edition in book form, first printing, first issue with all the points, number 325 of 1,000 copies. The Waste Land - arguably the most significant poem of the 20th century - was first published in The Criterion magazine earlier that year; this marks its first separate publication. This copy has both flaps of the rare dust jacket preserved, loosely... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145211

  45. Maud,
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Maud,

    London : 1855

    First edition of Tennyson's first published collection following his appointment as Poet Laureate in 1850. This volume is also notable as the first trade issue of The Charge of the Light Brigade, which had been printed privately as a separate issue poem in an edition of 1,000 earlier the same year for soldiers fighting in the Crimea. Learn More

    Stock Code: 145233

  46. Field Work.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Field Work.

    London : 1979

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper with a quote from the poem "The Guttural Muse" on p. 28, "Ian - with good wishes, Seamus in another pen who 'felt like some old pike all badges with sores / Wanting to swim in touch with soft-mouthed life' January 1983". Learn More

    Stock Code: 145386

  47. Beowulf.
    HEANEY, Seamus (trans.) Beowulf.

    London : 1999

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 93 of 325 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were for sale. Heaney's translation of the epic poem Beowulf won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. This limited edition contains a facsimile of the opening page of the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, which is currently housed in the British... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144895

  48. Eleven Poems.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Eleven Poems.

    Belfast : [1965]

    First edition, second issue (with the ten-point sun symbol), of Heaney's rare first published work, with the notice for his "first book of poems, Death of a Naturalist" to be published in Spring 1966.

    Jamison was instrumental in putting on the event that brought Heaney, Longley, and Hammond together on the stage to perform their poems and songs... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145480

  49. The Waste Land.
    ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.

    Richmond : 1923

    First UK edition in book form, sole impression, one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs, with the title label in the first state with asterisks (one of three states noted by Gallup, with no priority). This is a great association copy, with the bookplate of the novelist and playwright Richard Arthur Warren Hughes on the front pastedown.

    Hughes... Learn More

    Stock Code: 145515

  50. 128215
    SASSOON, Siegfried. The War Poems.

    London : 1919

    First 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

    Stock Code: 128215

  51. Helen of Troy.
    LANG, Andrew. Helen of Troy.

    London : 1882

    First edition, in an exquisite Sangoski & Sutcliffe binding preserving the original cloth, of Lang's retelling in verse of the classical narrative of Helen of Troy.

    The Scottish poet, author, and anthropologist Andrew Lang (1844-1912) is best-known as a collector of folk and fairy tales, and for being the author of the Fairy Book series. He... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144513

  52. Rubáiyát.
    OMAR KHAYYÁM. Rubáiyát.

    Portland, ME : May 1899

    First edition thus, number 6 of 10 copies printed on vellum by Mosher and Grigsby, this copy additionally inscribed on the second blank, "To John Law, in friendship, Emilié Grigsby, May 23rd 1901". Mosher had produced small format editions of the Rubaiyat before, but this is the first large format Rubaiyat he achieved, and the first printed on pure... Learn More

    Stock Code: 127254

  53. The Owl Remembers,
    MCGLYNN, Patrick, & John MacKechnie. The Owl Remembers,

    Stirling : 1933

    First edition, first impression, with a charming original verse inscription by McGlynn to the front free endpaper:

    "Not many artists of this age Are great, without a flaw: But Percy, on and off the stage, Has shown how he can 'draw'! But should his talent cease to cheer And life need consolation, 'The Owl' will whisper in his ear And give him... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141571

  54. Timepieces.
    CUSACK, Cyril. Timepieces.

    Dublin : 1970

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Barbara, with good memories and affection, Cyril Cusack". Learn More

    Stock Code: 74811

  55. Twelve Cards.
    LOGUE, Christopher. Twelve Cards.

    London : [1972]

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to Alexander Trocchi, inscribed by the author on the front of the card folder, "For Alex from Christopher". The two writers met in Paris during the early 1950s, when Logue joined the staff of Trocchi's literary magazine Merlin. Logue later wrote: "Between 1952 and 1955 I saw Alex, as he was to me, several... Learn More

    Stock Code: 75440

  56. The Actor.
    BLUNDEN, Edmund (pref.); LLOYD, Robert. The Actor.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression. One of 210 numbered copies on handmade paper, from a limited edition of 270 copies. Learn More

    Stock Code: 77375

  57. South of Forty.
    PUDNEY, John. South of Forty.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 82817

  58. Remains in Verse and Prose.
    HALLAM, Arthur Henry. Remains in Verse and Prose.

    [London] : 1834

    First edition of Henry Hallam's touching memoir of his son, the private publication of which came about at the instigation of Arthur's friends, chief among them Alfred Tennyson, who felt that his writings deserved a wider audience after his premature death in Switzerland in September 1834. The memoir is better as a demonstration of Arthur Henry Hallam's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 84983

  59. The Poems.
    BLUNDEN, Edmund. The Poems.

    London : 1930

    First edition, first impression. In an attractive contemporary binding of red morocco. Learn More

    Stock Code: 86144

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