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Poetry

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. 141374
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poems.

    London : 1842

    First edition of Tennyson's important early collection, quite scarce, and containing the first appearance of "Ulysses". This work was Tennyson's second publication with Edward Moxon, following Poems (1833), and contains original unpublished poetry that was written in the intervening decade. This was one of Tennyson's saddest yet most creative periods,... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 141374

  2. 142396comp
    OWEN, Wilfred. The Poems.

    London : 1931

    First Blunden edition of Wilfred Owen's poems, first impression, number 3 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 briefly.... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 142396

  3. 142440comp
    HEANEY, Seamus. A Boy Driving his Father to Confession.

    Frensham, Farnham, Surrey : 1970

    First edition, number 42 of 50 copies signed by Heaney, from a total edition of 150 printed on Glastonbury laid paper. This is not only one of the first limited editions put out by Heaney, and now very scarce, but also marks the first appearance of one of his early masterpieces. The last copy recorded at auction was in 1999, and about a third of the... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 142440

  4. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.

    Dublin : 1785

    First edition, rare, of the first appearance of Boyd's translation of Dante, considered superior to the blank verse translation of 1782 by Charles Rogers, and preceding by 17 years Boyd's own completion of the Divine Comedy (1802), which would be the first published completion in English. This Dublin edition is the true first, preceding the London edition... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 136911

  5. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn : 1855

    First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the... Learn More
    £60,000.00

    Stock Code: 135889

  6. 142428
    OMAR KHAYYAM; FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyat.

    London : [1911]

    First edition thus, number 79 of 550 copies signed by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe and printed on handmade paper (a further 25 were printed on japon), in a striking binding by Bayntun-Riviere.
    This is one of the most lavish editions of the Rubáiyát in the renowned translation by Edward FitzGerald, first published in 1859. Of all the literature... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 142428

  7. 142340
    STEVENS, Wallace. Notes toward a Supreme Fiction.

    Cummington, MA : 1942

    First edition, number 111 of 190 numbered copies on Dutch Charcoal paper (a further 83 copies were issued signed and lettered), of "the central poem of the middle period, 'Notes toward a Supreme Fiction', dedicated to his closest friend, Henry Church. The three sections of 'Notes' - 'It must be abstract', 'It must change', and 'It must give pleasure'... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142340

  8. 142347comp
    BERRYMAN, John. Poems.

    Norfolk, CT : 1942

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to Allan Covici with the best regards of John Berryman Berkeley 1 June '60". The recipient was a California-based writer, librarian, and bookseller based at UC Berkeley.
    Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the collective... Learn More
    £1,350.00

    Stock Code: 142347

  9. 141703
    SPENSER, Edmund. Epithalamion.

    [New York] : 1902

    The Saint Dunstan edition, number 9 of 30 copies, all printed on vellum, signed by the illuminator Ross Turner on the title page, and again alongside the publisher George Sproul on the limitation leaf. An extraordinarily fine book, beautifully printed and bound.
    A lavish Gilded Age production, the "Saint Dunstan Volumes" were the brainchild of the... Learn More
    £7,500.00

    Stock Code: 141703

  10. The Appreciation of Poetry.
    PAUL, Eden & Cedar. The Appreciation of Poetry.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to the publisher Stanley Unwin on the front free endpaper: "To Stanley Unwin with the writers' kind wishes. October 30th, 1920." Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140810

  11. 141969comp
    HEANEY, Seamus. Night Drive.

    Bow, Crediton : 1970

    First edition, sole impression, number 38 of 100 copies printed, and one of 55 with a poem inscribed in full in the author's manuscript facing the half-title (in this case the mildly erotic poem "Undine"), each signed and dated on the colophon.
    Night Drive was published as part of Gilbertson's Manuscript Series, which also produced similar editions... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 141969

  12. Poems.
    BERRYMAN, John. Poems.

    Norfolk, CT : 1942

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to the Wymans w. every good wish this old nothing - John Berryman Ann Arbor March '65".
    Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the collective publication Five Young American Poets in 1940; 2,000 copies were... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 142345

  13. Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.
    (DU FU.) TU FU. Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.

    Portland, Maine : April 1929

    First edition, number 30 of 50 copies printed on Japan vellum, signed by one of the translators Edna Worthley Underwood. "This is the first edition in the world of Tu Fu to be printed outside China, likewise it is the first edition of any one individual Chinese poet." (Foreword). Tu Fu, or Du Fu, who lived in the 8th century, during the Tang dynasty,... Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 142115

  14. Love Respelt Again.
    GRAVES, Robert. Love Respelt Again.

    New York : 1969

    First US edition, number 893 of 1,000 copies signed by Graves. Reproduces fifty of Graves' poems in manuscript form. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 141047

  15. Anno Forty Two.
    HARRISON, Tony. Anno Forty Two.

    [London] : 1987

    Signed limited edition, number 25 of 50 copies signed by Tony Harrison and the printer-designer Michael Caine. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 141041

  16. 140846
    FENTON, James. Children In Exile.

    Edinburgh : 1983

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 140846

  17. The Divina Commedia,
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Divina Commedia,

    London : 1802

    First complete edition in English of the Divine Comedy, and the first publication in English of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso; the Inferno here marking its fourth publication in English, following the first edition of 1782, and Dublin and London editions by Boyd in 1785. This complete edition was greatly significant for the reception of Dante in the... Learn More
    £15,000.00

    Stock Code: 138899

  18. 132112
    BARRETT BROWNING, Elizabeth. Poems.

    London : 1850

    First edition with the Sonnets from the Portuguese, handsomely bound with the original cloth preserved within, and both half-titles. EBB's Poems had first appeared in 1844, but this "New Edition" (the second overall) contains in the second volume the coveted and rare first appearance of Sonnets from the Portuguese, some of the most famous love poems... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 132112

  19. Don Juan.
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Don Juan.

    London : 1819

    First edition of the first two cantos of Byron's last and greatest work. None of Byron's writings since the first two cantos of Childe Harold seven years earlier had appeared in such a large and expensive format: the volume sold for a guinea and a half (1 11s. 6d). Later cantos were published in octavo.
    Hobhouse had preached caution and Murray had... Learn More
    £975.00

    Stock Code: 141802

  20. Elsie John and Joey Martinez.
    HUNCKE, Herbert. Elsie John and Joey Martinez.

    New York : 1979

    Signed limited edition, number 4 of 100 copies signed by both the author and the illustrator, and bound in unique handmade patterned paper-covered boards. Perhaps the first ten or so copies were specially bound in hardback, the rest of the issue being bound in wrappers.
    Herbert Huncke (rhymes with junkie) was the charismatic street hustler, petty... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 141945

  21. The Fire Gap.
    HARRISON, Tony. The Fire Gap.

    Newcastle upon Tyne : 1985

    First trade edition. Inscribed by Harrison on the title page: "Tony Harrison, for Christopher 29.10.91". Appealingly designed by Caine. Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141040

  22. Primeros poemos de amor.
    NERUDA, Pablo. Primeros poemos de amor.

    Madrid : 1936

    First edition, one of 500 copies, of this collection of love poems by Neruda, essentially a condensed version of his famous and rare second collection Viente poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, originally published in Chile by Nascimento in 1924.
    The poems included in this Madrid edition are poems 1, 4, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, and... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 142298

  23. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
    (GONNE, Maud, illus.) YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.

    Dublin : 1910

    First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page, and with an original initialled drawing in black ink on the front free endpaper (and expanded version of the ornament printed on p. 20.) Edith Maud Gonne (1866-1953) was one of the boldest figures of the Irish Literary Revival; a suffragette and artist, she remains best known... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 137680

  24. 142136
    GRAY, Thomas. Designs for Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray.

    London : 1765

    Fourth edition overall, expanded from the three editions of 1753 with further Odes, of this large, elaborately illustrated publication of the best-known works of the poet Gray, including the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. A presentation copy of H. A. J. Munro's translation of the Elegy into Latin (c. 1873) is tipped-in at the rear endpapers.
    "This... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 142136

  25. 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
    £1,375.00

    Stock Code: 119643

  26. The Note-Book.
    BLAKE, William. The Note-Book.

    London : 1935

    First edition thus, number 175 of 650 copies, with the very scarce dust jacket. This fine Nonesuch Press edition constitutes the first printing in facsimile of Blake's famous notebook, known as the "Rossetti Manuscript", after its acquisition by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1847. This notebook contained a number of latterly famous shorter poems left unpublished... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 142098

  27. The Viking Portable Library.
    PARKER, Dorothy. The Viking Portable Library.

    New York : 1945

    First collected edition, fifth printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Ruthven Todd - with gratitude to him for wanting this miserable signature. Dorothy Parker". Todd was a Scottish poet, artist, and novelist, best known as an editor of the works of William Blake. He moved to the United States in 1947 where he lived for 13 years.
    This... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141988

  28. The Earth Gods.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Earth Gods.

    New York : 1931

    First edition, first printing, of Gibran's classic focusing on spiritual concepts, published the year of the author's death. Uncommon in such good condition and with the jacket. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 141927

  29. Sonnets From The Portuguese.
    BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets From The Portuguese.

    London : 1936

    An attractive copy of some of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's most famous love poetry, first published in 1850. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141860

  30. 141861
    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
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141861

  31. The Golden Hind.
    SPARE, Austin Osman, & Clifford Bax (eds.) The Golden Hind.

    London : April 1924

    First edition, first impression, number 32 of 75 cloth copies signed by both Spare and Bax on the front free endpaper. From the library of the artist Pickford Robert Waller (1849-1930), with his bookplate to the front pastedown, a leading member of the aesthetic movement and a prolific illustrator, producing book designs for Guthrie's Pear Tree Press,... Learn More
    £875.00

    Stock Code: 141840

  32. 141846
    A. E. [George William Russell.] The Earth Breath and Other Poems.

    New York and London : 1897

    First edition, dedicated to Yeats, who had encouraged Russell's first collection, Homeward (1894). An attractive little volume printed in an edition of 2, 000 copies by Will Bradley at the Wayside Press. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 141846

  33. The Flora of Burns.
    (BURNS, Robert.) JOHNSTONE, Alexander. The Flora of Burns.

    Edinburgh : 1905

    First and sole edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at head of title page, "With Alexander Johnstone's compliments". This is a rare little pamphlet recorded at just 1 institutional library worldwide, Edinburgh University. Johnstone, lecturer on botany at the School of Medicine, Edinburgh, was the author of several textbooks, in particular... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 141831

  34. 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
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 141753

  35. The Poetical Works.
    DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1806

    First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 141677

  36. 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
    £400.00

    Stock Code: 141215

  37. Poems.
    TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Poems.

    [London?] : 1862

    First pirated edition of Tennyson's suppressed poems, taken from the Poems, Chiefly Lyrical of 1830 and the Poems of 1833, printed by J. Dykes Campbell and sold by the bookseller John Camden Hotten.

    Tennyson took legal action, obtained an injunction to prevent its sale, and extracted an apology and 100 damages from Hotten. The book was issued... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 130070

  38. Destinations.
    THOMAS, R. S. Destinations.

    Shipston-on-Stour : 1985

    First and limited edition, one of 300 copies (this copy unnumbered and out of series), beautifully printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. Although Thomas's poetry is "commonly renowned for pessimism and distress... Destinations is the neglected mainspring of the poet's philosophical turning towards affirmation" (Christopher Morgan,... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 123679

  39. Georgian Poetry 1911-1912.
    (BROOKE, Rupert, et al.) MARSH, Edward, ed. Georgian Poetry 1911-1912.

    London : [1913?]

    The first volume of Eddie Marsh's Georgian Poetry series, with the signatures of every one of the poets involved. Marsh himself has signed the page at the end of his prefatory note, and facing the contents pages are found the signatures of all 17 of the contributing poets (including Rupert Brooke, whose signature is uncommon). Robert Bridges, who was... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 141949

  40. Facing Nature.
    UPDIKE, John. Facing Nature.

    New York : 1985

    First edition, first printing, of Updike's seventh collection of poetry. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 128336

  41. 141016
    GRAVES, Robert. Selected Poetry and Prose.

    London : 1961

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141016

  42. 141017
    GRAVES, Robert. Contemporary Techniques of Poetry.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 141017

  43. 140726
    GRAVES, Robert. Poems 1930-1933.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 140726

  44. 140750
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Guards Came Through.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of poetry, comprising largely of poems relating to war. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 140750

  45. Pax Obbligato.
    MARKS, Herbert H. Pax Obbligato.

    London : [1937]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 140716

  46. 140600
    PUDNEY, John. Beyond the Disregard.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, of the author's second collection of poetry. Learn More
    £40.00

    Stock Code: 140600

  47. 140586
    STEVENS, Wallace. Parts of a World.

    New York : 1942

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140586

  48. 140590
    (DOUGLAS, Lord Alfred.) STOPES, Marie Carmichael. Lord Alfred Douglas.

    London : 1949

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 140590

  49. 140591
    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
    £25.00

    Stock Code: 140591

  50. 140494
    GRAVES, Robert. Steps.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression of this collection of writings. Learn More
    £60.00

    Stock Code: 140494

  51. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
    NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.

    London : 1966

    First 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: 132730

  52. Poems.
    THOMAS, Dylan. Poems.

    New York : 1971

    First US edition, first printing, inscribed by Daniel Jones, the editor of this volume and a close friend of Dylan Thomas since childhood, on the front pastedown to his wife, "To Irene, with love from Dan. 23rd November 1971", and accompanied by an autograph letter signed from Edith Sitwell to Jones, discussing Erich Fried's German translation of Under... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 140659

  53. Hebrew Melodies; [bound after:] Lara, a Tale.
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Hebrew Melodies; [bound after:] Lara, a Tale.

    London : 1815

    First edition, first issue of Hebrew Melodies, marking the first appearance in print of "She Walks in Beauty", among the most famous poems in the English language. Hebrew Melodies is bound after the fifth edition of Lara, which was first published in 1814. John Murray published Byron's poems in a uniform size, and it was common for contemporary owners... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 131641

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

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed (this copy unnumbered). Simpson's Choice was the first work to be published at the Omega Workshop, which was founded in July 1913, and was to be one of only four books completed by the press.
    The original prospectus (not present here) stated the intention of this enterprise, declaring that... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 141226

  55. The Bridge
    (EVANS, Walker.) CRANE, Hart. The Bridge

    Paris : 1930

    First edition, first impression, number 89 of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker Evans. Harold Bloom... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 135122

  56. Autograph manuscript draft poem, "To W.S."
    BEERBOHM, Max. Autograph manuscript draft poem, "To W.S."

    June 1914

    A choice Beerbohm manuscript, a deft sonnet in honour of the painter Walter Sickert (1860-1942), invoking Whistler and other figures of Max's youth, and the music halls "The Hoxton Palace of Varieties" and reflecting upon the passage of time and enduring presence of Sickert, who was in 1914 working in experimental modes as painter and essayist. Sickert... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 135882

  57. 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
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 139371

  58. Poems of Adoration.
    [BRADLEY, Katharine, & Edith Cooper.] FIELD, Michael. Poems of Adoration.

    London & Edinburgh : [1912]

    First edition of this collaboration by Edith Emma Cooper and her aunt and sometime lover Katharine Harris Bradley, pseudonymously-published as Michael Field. Their first publication as "Michael Field", Callirhoë (1884), was publicly well-received, with The Spectator greeting it "as a work of 'great promise', exhibiting 'the true poetic and... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 134560

  59. 141696
    BURNS, Robert. Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.

    Edinburgh : 1787

    First Edinburgh edition, the second overall, in an attractive contemporary binding. This edition was preceded only by the highly rare Kilmarnock edition of 1786, from which it was expanded, containing twenty-two new pieces, including "To a Haggis", and the first appearance in print of "Death and Doctor Hornbook", which had been omitted from the Kilmarnock... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 141696

  60. The Singing Heart.
    BELBEN, May. The Singing Heart.

    Bournemouth : 1928

    First edition, second impression, signed by the author on front free endpaper verso, "from May Belben, Dec. 1928" and with a note on her own stationery inscribed, "with all good wishes from May Belben" (letterhead Forest Hill, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset). A charming little volume printed on enamel paper; nature poetry of "simple sentiment" illustrated... Learn More
    £50.00

    Stock Code: 141508

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