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ROSENBERG, Isaac. The Collected Works.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, scarce, with an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket. This is the first collected edition of the Jewish poet Isaac Rosenberg, who was killed on the Western Front in 1918.
"Rosenberg's poems from the front show him to have absorbed the great tradition of English pastoral poetry, but his tone is different:... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143560
VALE PRESS: KEATS, John. The Poems.
London : 1898First Vale Press edition, one of 210 unnumbered copies on paper; a further 8 were issued on vellum, this example in an elegantly restrained purple morocco binding by Zaehnsdorf. Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142117
WILLIAMS, William Carlos. Al Que Quiere!
Boston : 1917First 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
PIPER, Myfanwy (ed.) Sea Poems.
London : 1944First edition, first impression, inscribed by Myfanwy Piper, "Villiers David from Myfanwy Piper Feb 1945", on the front free endpaper. An art critic and opera librettist, Myfanwy Piper had been married to the artist John Piper since 1939. Villiers David (1906-1985) was himself a writer, artist and art collector. Sea Poems, which is part of the New Excursions... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143474
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Childe Harold.
Venice : A finely bound copy of Byron's classic, in an elaborate Venetian binding produced for the Grand Tourist at the start of the 20th century. The text used is a rare Venetian imprint with wide margins, with only one copy listed in British institutions. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 143482
POGANY, Willy (illus.); COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
London : First Pogany edition, deluxe issue. Featuring intricately decorated borders and text printed in manuscript style, this edition of Coleridge's masterpiece is perhaps Pogany's best work, "considered by many to be among the most beautiful books ever produced" (Jeff Menges). Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143428
SYMONS, Arthur. A Book of Twenty Songs.
London : 1905First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to his daughter, whose mother was the dedicatee and Symons wife, Rhoda; "To Anna for her birthday, December 18: 1905, Arthur". A lovely family copy. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142993
FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.); McMANUS, Blanche (illus.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : 1903An attractive edition of the Rubáiyát, in a refined contemporary arts and crafts binding, in the style of Douglas Cockerell, and nicely preserving McManus's original endpapers. Founded at the turn of the century by Alexander Moring, the De La More Press produced small, finely printed editions, including several Rubáiyáts.
From the library... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142994
BROOKE, Rupert; Lascelles Abercrombie; John Drinkwater; Wilfred Wilson Gibson. [Complete set of] New Numbers.
Ryton, Dymock, Gloucester : 1914First editions, first impressions; the first volume inscribed by Drinkwater on the title page "John Drinkwater Chicago December 1932". The four issues comprising the complete run of New Numbers include 41 poems, 15 of which are by Rupert Brooke. The majority of the poems in Brooke's 1914 and Other Poems first appeared here, including the first publication... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 142645
HUGHES, Ted (inscr.); SHAKESPEARE, William. The Essential Shakespeare.
Hopewell, New Jersey : 1991First edition, first printing. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn love Ted 9th March 1992". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established the Rainbow Press with Ted... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 143416
GINSBERG, Allen. The Fall of America.
San Francisco : 1972First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscrutably inscribed on the title page, "Feb 4, 1973, Allen - Bold Tattle, What?! We'll all live to see what it means, happily! Allen Ginsberg". The title page also has the ownership inscription of the recipient, Allen de Zouch. The Fall of America was published as number 30 in City Lights's Pocket Poets... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143357
PALGRAVE, Francis Turner (ed.) The Golden Treasury.
Cambridge : 1861First edition, first impression, with the relevant points as established by Foxon: 4 notes on p. 323, Roman-type half-title, price of "4/6" on spine. The first impression was published in July 1861; based on Palgrave's notes in his own copies, the second impression was published in October, and the third in November.
Dedicated to his friend Alfred... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143363
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
Philadelphia : 1882First edition thus, the seventh overall, quite scarce, and a very nice copy. This is the first Philadelphia edition to be printed following the book's censorship in the previous year, Osgood's edition having been labelled by the Massachusetts Attorney General as "Obscene and Ordered To Be Removed From Sale". Osgood refused to publish further, expressing... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 143364
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem, with Notes.
London : 1813First edition, an "unmutilated" copy, with title page and final leaf intact, and including the poetic dedication to Harriet.
Queen Mab was Shelley's most provocative poem and a key radical text in the early years of the 19th century. The entire edition was 250 copies, published by Thomas Hookman for private distribution by Shelley himself.... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143222
OSWALD, Alice. Dart.
London : 2002First 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£200.00
Stock Code: 142589
MADÁCH, Imre. Az Ember Tragédiája. Drámai költemény. (The Tragedy of Man. A dramatic poem).
Pest : 1861Rare first edition of Madách's most important work, The Tragedy of Man, a dramatic poem that evokes comparisons with Milton's Paradise Lost. Considered one of the major works of Hungarian literature, the play is one of the most often staged Hungarian plays today.
"It would seem that the main external sources of inspiration were Byron... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 142746
GRAVES, Robert. Fairies and Fusiliers.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies printed. Fairies and Fusiliers, Graves' third book, is dedicated to the Royal Welch Fusiliers and contains some of the author's most memorable war poems. Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 140407
BARBIER, George (illus.) Livre de Madame.
Paris : 1918First edition, first printing, of this rare lady's almanac, issued for the first American department store: Wanamaker's, and illustrated by George Barbier (1882-1932), a painter and artist who produced many illustrations for fashion and theatre costumes and set. Uncommon, the only copy listed institutionally is located by World Cat at the Morgan Library... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141690
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
HOGARTH PRESS: BOSANQUET, Theodora. Paul Valéry.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the English historian "To Dame (Cicely)Veronica Wedgwood, hommages respectueux. Theodora Bosanquet, 29.12.1942". One of 1,000 copies only, this one in the variant binding.
Bosanquet was Henry James's secretary from 1907 until his death in 1916 and longtime... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 143116
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Letters to J. H. Leigh Hunt.
London : 1894First 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£950.00
Stock Code: 143164
GWYNNE, Horace, pseud. of James Augustus St John. Abdallah; an Oriental Poem: in Three Cantos.
London : 1824First and sole edition of this very scarce collection of verse by the flourishingly named James Augustus St John, born James John (1795-1875), the son of a shoemaker, in what would become Dylan's Thomas stamping ground of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. Abdallah is an interesting contribution to the Romantic oriental verse epic, a form popularisd by Tom... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141341
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Canciones.
Madrid : 1929Second edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to fellow "Generation of '27" group member "Para Guillermo de Torre lo salucha a la distancia, Federico Garcia Lorca", and with de Torre's purple ink ex libris stamp to verso of front free endpaper. A great association copy, connecting Spanish and South American literary circles.
Lorca... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 143185
KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.
New York : 1930First and signed limited US edition, number 459 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper, it is uncommon in the jackets. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142948
MACARTNEY, Frederick T. Collection of ten works.
1912-58A remarkable collection of scarce works by influential Australian poet and critic Frederick T. Macartney (1887-1980), four of which signed, all in notably bright condition.
Macartney was a noted critic across the early 20th century. He "valued his poetry far above his other literary endeavours and was a craftsman, ranging diversely from philosophy... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 142582
HEANEY, Seamus. An Open Letter.
Derry : 1983First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page: "Seamus Heaney March 1983". Heaney's poem was penned as an objection to his representation as a British poet in Andrew Motion and Blake Morrison's Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982). Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 142603
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Elogio de la sombra.
Buenos Aires : 1969First edition, one of 6,000 copies published on 24 August 1969, presentation copy signed by Borges in his blind hand on p. 13, and inscribed around this in the hand of his mother: "A una amiga admirable Maria del Carmen Ezcurra, Leonor Acevedo de Borges, Oct: 10/1969".
As often in Borges's later presentation copies, the inscription was penned... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 141352
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Primeras Canciones.
Madrid : 1936First edition, first printing. The poems are described in the preface as a "miraculously unpublished... preview of a more extensive and representative set," written in 1922, and "extremely important for the further development of Lorca's poetic world". Uncommon in such good condition.
Also issued in yellow boards, this work was published in January... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 142876
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Poetry.
London : 1881First Arnold edition, this copy in a beautiful Ramage binding. John Ramage, one of the most desirable binders of the period, learned his craft in the atelier of Parisian binder Marcellin Lortic before setting up his own business in London in 1863. Arnold's collection of Byron's poetry was influential in establishing Byron's lasting popularity.
At... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142946
BELL, Robert Anning (illus.) English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.
London : 1898First edition thus, illustrated by Bell, part of George Bell & Sons' Endymion Series, in an attractive arts and crafts binding. The binding is not signed, the "M.S." initials could be that of the binder, or simply in homage to Milton and Spenser.
Artist, illustrator and designer Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) was an early member of the Arts... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142777
LARKIN, Philip. The Less Deceived.
Yorkshire : 1955First edition, first impression, with the misprint "floor" for "sea" on p. 38 in the first line of the poem "Absences", in a second issue binding with a rounded spine, this copy in an attractive example of the jacket. The Less Deceived contains some of Larkin's best-loved poems, including "Church Going" (p. 26). Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 132354
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Poems on Various Subjects.
London : 1796First edition of Coleridge's first collection of poetry, preceding the Lyrical Ballads by two years, and also including four sonnets by Charles Lamb marking his first publication in book form.
The collection sold well enough for a second edition to appear the following year, which the author revised; in his later fame, Coleridge disavowed... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 143174
RODKER, John. Hymns.
London : 1920First edition, number 8 of 15 copies printed on Japan Vellum and signed by Rodker, from a total edition of 190 copies. This is the rarest and most deluxe issue of these modernist poems, which constitute Rodker's second collection, printed by Rodker himself at his own Ovid Press, with woodcut initials by Edward Wadsworth. The last time a copy of this... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 142357
CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.
London : 1915First 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£3,500.00
Stock Code: 143062
MATISSE, Henri (illus.); Charles of Orléans. Poèmes de Charles d'Orléans.
Paris : 1950First 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£5,000.00
Stock Code: 142638
YEATS, W. B. The Poems.
New York : 1949First 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
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
London : 1961 First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 38 of 300 copies signed by the poet. This is a magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. The Waste Land - arguably the most significant poem of the 20th century - was first published in The... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 142952
KANDINSKY, Wassily. Klänge.
Munich : (1913)First edition, first printing. Limited to 300 numbered copies signed in pencil by Kandinsky, (there was also 45 Hors Commerce). The coloured woodcuts printed by F. Bruckmann A. G., Munich, the text and black and white woodcuts printed by Poeschel & Trepte, Leipzig. Klänge (Sounds) consists of thirty-eight prose-poems he wrote between 1909 and 1911... Learn More£80,000.00
Stock Code: 142954
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Canciones 1.921 - 1.924.
Malaga : 1927First edition, first printing. This collection of 90 early poems comprises 11 sections and includes "Alta va la luna," "Canción de ginete," "Verleine," "Debussy," and others. Decidedly uncommon, with just two copies traced at auction, only one copy in UK libraries (Cambridge), and a further eight in international libraries.
Lorca had joined... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 142879
STEVENS, Wallace. Ideas of Order.
New York : 1936First trade edition, first printing, one of 500 copies in the first state binding. Ideas of Order was first published the previous year by The Alcestis Press in a limited edition. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 142380
THOMAS, Dylan. Twenty-Five Poems.
London : 1936First edition, first impression. One of 730 copies printed of Thomas's landmark collection, publishing the poems of "this young Welsh poet" who "has, during the last two years, attracted an unusual amount of attention with his Dionysiac verse" (jacket blurb). Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142806
GRAVES, Robert. Another Future of Poetry.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, one of 1,000 copies. This work was issued as part of the Hogarth Essays, Series I, Number XVIII. Woolmer states that out of the 1,000 copies that were printed, 400 were pulped. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142890
WILLIAMS, William Carlos. The Tempers.
London : 1913First 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
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Poeta en Nueva York.
Mexico : 1940First edition in Spanish and first illustrated edition (second overall), first printing, of Lorca's final cycle of poems. They were published posthumously but were written during his New York residency in 1929 and 1930. This edition was published just a few weeks after the bilingual Spanish-English New York edition: The Poet in New York and Other... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142774
MARSH, Edward. Georgian Poetry 1916-1917.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, retaining the rare dust jacket, of the third book of Georgian Poetry, including the works of Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, and John Masefield. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 142626
BROWNING, Robert. Selections from the Poetical Works.
London : 1887An appealingly bound copy of Browning's poetry, published two years before the poet's death, when he was at the height of his fame. The collection gathers many of his best-known poems from across his career. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142591
HEANEY, Seamus. Hailstones.
Dublin : 1984First edition, signed limited issue, one of 250 unnumbered cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page; here additionally inscribed by Heaney "Mary - fine girl y'are! Seamus" under his signature. The recipient was Heaney's friend Mary Conley Downe.
Downe founded, with her husband Edward, the Irish Clifden Arts Festival, now the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142605
GRAVES, Robert. Oxford Addresses on Poetry.
London : 1962First edition, first impression. This book gathers the three annual lectures Graves gave in his first year as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, as well as another three lectures given to University societies. Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 142778
NERUDA, Pablo. Extravagaria.
New York : 1974First US edition, first printing, of this translation by Reid, retaining the original text facing the English, review copy with the publisher's review leaflet loosely inserted. From the library of the American poet, essayist, and activist, Robert Bly (b. 1926), who also translated Neruda's poetry in 1971. This translation was first published in the... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 142460
GIBRAN, Kahlil. [Original drawing: the Prophet Almustafa.]
1923 or afterOriginal drawing by the author, a version of the same image that was used as the frontispiece to The Prophet. It is evidently an idealized portrait of Gibran himself. Several versions are known; this example was a gift to Barbara Young, his last companion and assistant, author of a biography of Gibran.
Gibran (1883-1931) emigrated from Lebanon... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 130660
MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt (trans.) The Tale of Beowulf.
Hammersmith : 1895First 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... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 141603
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 WorldCat showing only six locations. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 132701
GRAVES, Robert. John Kemp's Wager.
Oxford : 1925First edition, first impression, trade issue. John Kemp's Wager was published as the 11th work in the British Drama League Library of Modern British Drama.
From the library of Charles David Abbott (1900-1961), the University at Buffalo's first director of libraries, and a notable book collector and devotee of British poetry. "Abbott... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 142386
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
London : 1819Second and best edition of one of the most important translations of Dante of the Romantic era, following the very scarce first edition which appeared in 1814 in such a diminutive format that it was barely legible. When found, copies of this larger format edition are more usually seen rebound or with repair - this example survives unmolested in attractive... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139500
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
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village, A Poem.
London : 1770The third edition of Goldsmith's Deserted Village, one of the great poems of the 18th century, here bound in an attractive contemporary binding alongside six other poems, including examples of the biting poetic satires of Charles Churchill and William Coombes.
Bound third, with:
i) CHURCHILL, Charles. The Ghost. London: printed... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 116410