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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. Essays on Art.
    WEBER, Max. Essays on Art.

    New York : June 1916

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title page, "To Mr. W. Bowdain with complements sic from Max Weber, Jan. 16. '17" - that is, William G. Bowdoin (1861-1947), art critic of the New York Evening World. This collection of essays and verse was only Weber's second book, following his Cubist Poems of 1914.

    The publisher's... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 139746

  2. Verses.
    WHITE, T. H. Verses.

    Alderney : 1962

    First edition, sole printing, number 4 of 100 copies only, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his friend Harry Griffiths, and additionally inscribed with an unpublished holograph poem. The presentation inscription to the verso of the title page reads: "Harry Griffiths heart and arrow device Tim White". White has also written out an unpublished... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 35075

  3. Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass; Two Rivulets.

    Camden, NJ : 1876

    Signed copies of the Centennial edition (comprising the first edition, second printing of Two Rivulets, and fifth edition, third printing, second issue of Leaves of Grass), of which around 800 and 600 copies respectively were printed. The portrait of Whitman in Two Rivulets is signed and dated by the author; the title page of Leaves of Grass also signed... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 92921

  4. The Beautiful Changes and other poems.
    WILBUR, Richard. The Beautiful Changes and other poems.

    New York : 1947

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Merry Christmas to RAB. Hope you like them. Dick Wilbur, 1947." This is the author's first book of poetry. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 109772

  5. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
    WILDE, Oscar; VASSOS, John (illus.) The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

    New York : 1930

    Early 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

  6. The War Poets.
    WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.

    New York : 1945

    First 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

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

    New York : 1945

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

    Stock Code: 48243

  8. 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
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 142738

  9. Al Que Quiere!
    WILLIAMS, William Carlos. Al Que Quiere!

    Boston : 1917

    First edition, first printing, very scarce early presentation copy inscribed by Williams to the writer Waldo Frank (1889-1967) on the front free endpaper, "To Waldo Frank from William Carlos Williams, May 23 - 1919". Early dated presentation copies from Williams are very seldom encountered.

    The title of this, his third collection, means "To... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 142739

  10. New Poems by American Poets.
    WILSON, Edmund (contrib.) New Poems by American Poets.

    New York : 1953

    First Edition, First Printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Cousin Dorothy, who asked me what I had done to deserve Elena - see page 168 from Edmund July 25, 1955". Dorothy Mendenhall was Wilson's cousin, a respected researcher, obstetrician, and pioneer in methods of childbirth. Learn More
    £220.00

    Stock Code: 42864

  11. Magpies in Picardy.
    WILSON, T. P. Cameron. Magpies in Picardy.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce dust jacket designed by Claude Lovat Fraser. A poignant copy, with a laid-in note inscribed by Wilson's bereaved parents in pencil to the Vicar of Tunbridge Wells: "Rev: J. F. A. Wicksteed with all good wishes from A. F. & T. Cameron Wilson, Paignton". The poet, Captain Theodore Percival Cameron Wilson... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 114792

  12. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.
    WRIGHT, Franz. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.

    Oberlin, OH : 1976

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Pete, wherever you are, whoever, FW" and signed by the author over his printed name. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 77764

  13. The Stuffed Owl.
    WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B., & Charles Lee. The Stuffed Owl.

    London and Toronto : 1930

    First edition, signed by both editors on the half-title, of this gleefully mischievous anti-anthology, collecting the clangers of English verse from Cowley to Tennyson, illustrated by Beerbohm's highly comic authorial portraits.

    Perhaps no book (not even Strachey's Eminent Victorians) better encapsulates the giddy, juvenile irreverence of the... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 148858

  14. The Countess Kathleen
    YEATS, W. B. The Countess Kathleen

    London : 1892

    First edition, number one of 30 printed on japon, specially bound in full vellum, and signed by the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, this being his own retained copy. Countess Kathleen was Yeats's second collection, and the first to include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", perhaps his most famous poem. "His best writing of the 1890s would follow the form set... Learn More
    £8,500.00

    Stock Code: 133548

  15. Broadsides.
    YEATS, W. B. Broadsides.

    Dublin : 1935

    First collected edition, signed by Yeats and by F. R. Higgens at the end of the introduction as issued. The twelve broadsides included in the volume were issued monthly during 1935, each printed in an edition of 300, with 100 remaining sets bound up and issued in this form in December 1935. Learn More
    £3,000.00

    Stock Code: 144463

  16. The Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Poems.

    New York : 1949

    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 337 of 375 copies signed by the author. It was published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader Thomas... Learn More
    £4,250.00

    Stock Code: 136963

  17. The Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Poems.

    London : 1949

    First 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

  18. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.

    New York : 1957

    Signed limited edition, number 381 of 825 copies signed by Yeats, and issued posthumously. The limitation sheets were signed by the author before his death in 1939, and retained by the publisher until the publication of this edition, which was deferred until after the war.

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    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112375

  19. All the collected short poems 1923-1958.
    ZUKOFSKY, Louis. All the collected short poems 1923-1958.

    New York : 1965

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Tom Maschler from Louis Zukofsky enjoying his company at home August 31, 1965", and with the copyright dates of previously published works ink-stamped by hand on the copyright page. With Tom Maschler's bookplate, designed by Quentin Blake, to the... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 131113

  20. "A" - 14.
    ZUKOFSKY, Louis. "A" - 14.

    London : 1967

    First edition, signed limited issue, letter "T" of 25 lettered copies. Presentation copy, additionally inscribed by the author below the "T", "for Tom, as ever, L. Z.'s. August 26 1967". The recipient was Tom Maschler, Zukofsky's usual UK publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate on the front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape, who... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 131303

  21. "A".
    ZUKOFSKY, Louis. "A".

    London : 1966

    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title "Wishing Tom Maschler all happiness with thanks for this "A" love Louis Zukofsky Oct 10 (for Oct 6) 1966 New York". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the book's publisher Jonathan Cape, and was a highly influential figure... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 131253

  22. All the collected short poems 1923-1958.
    ZUKOFSKY, Louis. All the collected short poems 1923-1958.

    London : 1966

    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher "To Tom Maschler all happiness Louis Zukofsky April 15 1965" to the half-title. With Tom Maschler's bookplate, designed by Quentin Blake to the front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director... Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 131115

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