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WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.
New York : 1945First 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
HUGHES, Ted. Spring Summer Autumn Winter.
London : 1973First edition, number 53 of 140 copies only, signed by the author. This copy is additionally inscribed by Hughes to the front free endpaper, "Among the acres of the rye / These pretty country folk do lie - With our sincere love from Carol and Ted June 27th 1975". The lines of verse are a slight mis-transcription of the song "It Was a Lover and His Lass"... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 139682
GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Prophet.
New York : 1923First edition, first printing, a very scarce presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Brander Matthews with real admiration from Kahlil Gibran, October 1923". The recipient, Brander Matthews (1852-1929), was an American writer and educator. The first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university, he played a... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 138457
NERUDA, Pablo. Cien sonetos de amor.
Santiago : 1959First edition, first printing, number 203 of a total edition of 300 copies signed by the author. This is one of the 250 printed on Ledger paper and accompanied by a lithograph by Antunez, signed in pencil by the artist. Of the remaining 50 copies, 20 were printed for the press, eight copies were reserved for collaborators, and 22 copies were printed... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 139649
ÉLUARD, Paul, & Max Ernst. Les malheurs des immortels.
Paris : 1945Second edition, number 1,729, one of 500 on vélin rose, from a total edition of 1,860. The first edition was printed in an unspecified "small number of copies" (rear of volume).
This is Ernst and Éluard's second joint publication and first genuine collaboration: for Répétitions, published earlier the same year as Les Malheurs... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139596
DANTE ALIGHIERI; PHILLIPS, Tom, illus. & trans. Dante's Inferno.
London : 1985First trade edition of Phillips's Dante, this number 67 of 100 special copies containing a loose signed and numbered Phillips screenprint, additionally signed on the limitation page, and slipcased. This is the signed limited issue of the "popular edition" (jacket front flap), following the 180 copies of the original edition produced at the Talfourd... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139494
POUND, Ezra. A Draft of XXX Cantos.
Paris : 1930First edition, first impression, number 41 of 200 copies on Canson-Montgolfier soleil velin paper, from a total edition of 212, and an exceptionally fresh copy. "An epic of great vision and complexity, Pound's Cantos address the profound human issues in history and in our time... A Drafts of XXX Cantos, which introduces the work, anticipates the full... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139519
BROOKE, Rupert. Poems.
London : 1911First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies issued, and an excellent example. Poems was Brooke's first collection, his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution.
Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros, and died on 23 April... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139375
(PAUL, Evelyn.) Aucassin and Nicolete.
London : 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£500.00
Stock Code: 139446
(VASSOS, John, illus.) WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
New York : 1930Early 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
AUDEN, W. H. A Certain World. A Commonplace Book.
London : 1971First UK edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends, "with love from Wystan" on the title page. This copy derives from the library of his close friend and fellow writer James Stern (1904-1993), with his ownership inscription to front free endpaper.
Auden was first introduced to James and Tania... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139414
AUDEN, W. H. Academic Graffiti.
London : 1971First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends, "with love from Wystan" on the title page. This copy derives from the library of his close friend and fellow writer James Stern (1904-1993), though without his ownership mark.
Auden was first introduced to James and Tania Stern by Christopher... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 139415
AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls, and other poems.
London : 1969First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends, "with love from Wystan" on the title page. This copy derives from the library of his close friend and fellow writer James Stern (1904-1993), though without his ownership mark.
Auden was first introduced to James and Tania Stern by Christopher... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 139413
[ROLFE, Frederick William, Baron Corvo.] Tarcissus: The Boy Martyr of Rome,
[Saffron Walden : 1880First edition of the author's first book, and a prize rarity in the Corvo corpus. Only two other copies have appeared at auction in over 35 years (one being the Bradley Martin copy in 1990). This fine bright copy also has a rich Corvoid provenance, sequentially owned by Christopher Sclater Millard, A. T. Bartholomew, and Robert Scoble (see below).
"The... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 139376
SNYDER, Gary. Turtle Island.
New York : 1974First edition, first printing, scarce first issue (without the Pulitzer sticker to the jacket), inscribed on the title page "For Gary Lepper Gary Snyder", Snyder adding a small ink drawing of a turtle below. Lepper is a bibliographer (the author of A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors) and book collector based in California.... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139303
(ESSEX HOUSE PRESS.) DRYDEN, John. Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music.
Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904First Essex House edition, number 61 of 140 copies only, printed on vellum and hand-illuminated. This is a lovely production of the Essex House Press, number 11 in their "Great Poems of the Language" series. The book's production was overseen by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), a central figure in the Arts and Craft movement and the founder of the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139264
HERBERT, George. The Temple.
Cambridge : 1635Fourth edition, following the first of 1633. The book - all editions were published posthumously - was enormously popular, with six editions by 1641. "Herbert's English poetry, despite its entanglement with his more partisan personal reputation, was enormously popular. The Temple... appealed to a readership spanning the political and ecclesiastical... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 139017
BURNS, Robert. The Works.
Edinburgh : 1877-9First William Scott Douglas edition, a very fine edition, well printed on superior paper, and here abundantly extra-illustrated. The edition is 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... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 139102
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Works.
London : 1884 & 1893An attractive early set of Tennyson's works in a Zaehnsdorf exhibition binding. Collected editions of Tennyson's works began to appear in 1870; the canonical complete works was published in the 1907 to 1908 Eversley edition, edited by the author's son Hallam. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139099
STRICKLAND, Agnes. The Seven Ages of Woman, and Other Poems.
London : 1827First edition, presentation copy from the author's sister, inscribed on the half-title "To Mrs Cautley with Jane M Strickland's love", later inscribed on the half-title verso, "To Miss G. F. J. Foster with compliments from Andrew J Cutler", with the ownership signature of Ida S. Cutler to the title page.
The Seven Ages of Woman is Agnes Strickland's... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 138335
(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
ELIOT, T. S. Poems 1909-1925.
1925First edition, first printing of Eliot's early collection of poetry. Contains some of Eliot's most highly-regarded poetry, including such masterpieces as Prufrock, The Hollow Men and The Waste Land. Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 135355
ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
1897A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 138062
HALLIWELL, James Orchard. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:
London : 1849First edition of this important little work; scarce in commerce. James Orchard Halliwell (later Halliwell-Philipps, 1820-1889), antiquary and literary scholar, co-founder of both the Percy and Shakespeare Societies, is one of the most significant figures in the codification of English nursery rhymes. Popular Rhymes was a sequel to his groundbreaking... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136692
[BACON, Mary Ann.] The Legend of St. Bernard.
Norwich : First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Howlett from her affectionate friend MAB". We can trace ten copies in institutions worldwide, just one of those a presentation copy, inscribed from the author's father (see below).
The little-known British poet Mary Ann Bacon (fl. 1839-1870, d. 1875) was born into a... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136220
ORTON, I. R. The Dreamer and the Sheaves,
London : 1955First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to the title page, "To Alan Guest, best wishes from I. R. Orton". Loosely inserted in this copy are two letters to the editor of Stand magazine and poet Jon Silkin, one in manuscript, dated 27 November 1954; the second typed and signed in manuscript. Alongside the letters Orton has sent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136259
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.
Paris : 1829First edition of the first anthology of the Romantic writers, also comprising the first collected edition of the poems of John Keats. Each poet is prefaced with a memoir, that of Shelley incorporating Mary Shelley's preface to his Posthumous Poems. Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136066
MEREDITH, George. Poems.
London : First edition of the author's first book, the publication of which he funded himself. Though he later disowned the work, it was praised at the time by both Tennyson and Charles Kingsley. Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 130288
DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.
London : 1808-9First Zotti edition. Romualdo Zotti (d. c.1819) was an Italian expatriate who acted as a teacher of Italian for young noble women as well as being a printer, producing highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar as well as editions of Italian poets such as Petrarch. Zotti's focus upon the education of the English upper classes is indicated by... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 124978
CRANE, Stephen. The Black Riders and Other Lines.
Boston : 1895First edition, deluxe issue, one of 50 copies printed in green on japon. The Black Riders is first book of poetry by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), famous for his novels such as his acclaimed Civil War tale The Red Badge of Courage, published in the same year as this collection. Crane was a prolific writer of poetry, though only in private at first, writing... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 117295
HODGSON, William Hope. The Calling of the Sea.
London : First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103030
BISHOP, Elizabeth. Questions of Travel.
New York : 1965First edition, first printing. Questions of Travel is Bishop's third collection and includes poems based on her experiences living in Brazil, notably "The Armadillo". It was also her first collection to include a short story, "In the Village". Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 138936
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney and the Saint.
Loughcrew : 1982First edition, one of 125 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids on the title page: "To Roy, with love and happy memories at Christmas, Seamus & Marie & the boys & Catherine Ann." The poem was privately printed for use by the author as his Christmas card for 1982. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103121
QUARLES, Francis. Emblems, Divine and Moral;
London : 1723An attractive early 18th-century edition of Francis Quarles's Emblems, the most popular and frequently reprinted English emblem book since its original publication in 1634, here also including his second book, Hieroglyphikes, originally published 1638, "the most notable English version of the theme of the ages of man" (ODNB). Each... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 138863
COHEN, Leonard. Selected Poems 1956-1968.
New York : 1968First edition, first printing, clothbound issue, review copy with publisher's slip loosely inserted. Cohen's poetry collection includes "Suzanne Takes You Down" (additionally printed on the rear of the jacket), which had been set to music and performed as Cohen's debut single the previous year. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 138845
TOLKIEN, J. R. R., & E. V. Gordon, eds. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Oxford : 1925First edition, first impression. A scholarly edition of the Middle English alliterative romance, the text is reproduced from the original 14th-century manuscript (now held at the British Library) with copious notes, details and glossaries by Tolkien and Gordon, which "opened new fields of study and which remained standard, in revised form, throughout... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 138787
JOHNSON, Samuel, ed. The Works of the English Poets.
London : 1779-1780A superb set of this vast compendium of English poetry, here uniformly bound in an elegant contemporary French morocco binding. The set is complete in 68 volumes, with the 56 poetry volumes, two volumes of index, and the further ten volumes of Johnson's biographies of the poets, published separately and not always accompanying the set. This was the... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 138778
BLAKE, William. Milton: A Poem.
Clairvaux : 1967First edition thus, copy S of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, containing an original guide-sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages in the stencil work, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 115042
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
San Francisco : 1930First Grabhorn Press edition, number 371 of 400 copies. The largest undertaking of the Grabhorn Press, arguably their finest production, and one of the great examples of American fine printing, using as its text Whitman's final edition of Leaves of Grass, published shortly before his death. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 138793
[ISAAC, Frederick Simeon?] Odds and Ends in Prose and Verse.
London : 1908First and only edition. A truly sumptuous piece of private publishing, produced as a gift for the author's children and grandchildren, handsomely printed at the Chiswick Press and finely bound by an unnamed binder of real quality. Among the varied pieces is "A Dream, by One who Dreamt It", a prose fantasy, conceived at the time of the Dreyfus case,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122897
(APOLLINAIRE.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.
Lanzac : 1944First and only edition, number 93 of 115 copies on papier Vélin Madagascar. The short film, or succession of photographs, were taken on 2 August 1914 as Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) on the left, and his friend the artist André Rouveyre (1879-1962), had just returned to Paris and were on their way to the Comœdia's offices to deliver... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138667
LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.
Cleveland : 1966First edition, one of 500 copies printed. Levy (1942-1968) was a leading figure in the countercultural movement known as the Cleveland Mimeograph Revolution. His productions, being hand-assembled with small print runs, now survive in relatively small numbers. His introduction declares "to my knowledge this poem is the first poem of any length to be... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 138639
LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.
Cleveland : 1966First 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£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138636
(YEATS, W. B.) BOUGHTON, Alice. Doubly inscribed portrait photograph.
New York : 1904A doubly inscribed portrait photo, inscribed by Yeats to Una Pope-Hennessy, "W B Yeats To Mrs Pope Hennessy" at the foot of the image, and additionally signed by the photographer, "Copyrighted by Alice Boughton Apr. 1904 New York". A remarkable photo, with an appealing association, by the renowned New York photographer. Alice Boughton (1876-1945) opened... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 131408
(BRITISH POETS.) Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
London : [c.1875-83]Revised Bell and Daldy Aldine edition. The celebrated Aldine Edition of the British Poets was begun by William Pickering in 1830, with the reputable scholars Alexander Dyce, Nicholas Harris Nicolas, and John Mitford as editors. George Bell bought most of Pickering's publications, including the Aldine series of poets, which he subsequently revised and... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 138234
VERLAINE, Paul. Œuvres Complètes.
Paris : 1919-20A handsomely bound set of Verlaine's poems which includes his collections Poèmes saturniens (1866), Fêtes galantes (1869), Romances sans paroles (1874), Sagesse (1880), and Les Poètes maudits (1884). Romances sans paroles was inspired by Verlaine's relationship with his wife, Mathilde Mauté,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138447
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Rosalind and Helen.
London : 1888First edition thus of Shelley's long poem "Rosalind and Helen", a conversational lament for a disappointed poet-reformer, set on the shores of Lake Como, begun in Marlowe and completed in 1818 at the baths of Lucca in Tuscany.
Provenance: the copy of Adolfo de Bosis (1863-1924), with his black ink stamp to title page, an Italian poet, admirer... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 137552
CONGREVE, William. The Works.
London : 1753A collection of reissues of plays and poems by the author, including The Old Batchelor, The Double-dealer, The Way of the World, The Mourning-bride, and Love for Love. All were first performed and published from 1693 to 1700.
With the bookplate of Sir Joshua Vanneck (17021777), 1st Baronet, of Putney, Surrey, to the front pastedown... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 138561
FROST, Robert. New Hampshire.
New York : 1923First edition, first printing, limited issue, number 167 of 350 copies signed by the author, and rare in the glassine. New Hampshire is one of Frost's most notable books, and won him his first Pulitzer Prize. It contains poems such as the famous "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "Fire and Ice". Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 125222
MILTON, John. The Poetical Works.
London : 1853A handsomely bound copy of Milton's poetical works, including engravings after drawings by William Turner, originally executed for Macrone's edition of Milton published in seven volumes in 1835. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 132662
CLARE, John. The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems.
London : 1821First edition of Clare's second book of poetry, with no frontispiece to the second volume as required for the first issue. A farm labourer's son, John Clare (1793-1864) had published his first work, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, the previous year. It became something of a publishing sensation, with the 1,000 copies of the first edition... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 126172
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) A Miscellany of Poems by Several Hands.
Oxford : 1731First and sole edition, celebrated for including Samuel Johnson's first appearance in print and the mention of him in the preface as "a Commoner of Pembroke-College in Oxford". Johnson spent only thirteen months at Pembroke (October 1728 to December 1729), forced to leave through financial constraints. His stay may have been short but the nineteen-year... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 125411