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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. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.
    KEATS, John. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.

    London : 1820

    First edition of Keats's third and final book, a very scarce example in the original boards with spine and title label intact. This was the last book published in Keats's lifetime, about which he had "low hopes, though not spirits this shall be my last trial; not succeeding, I shall try what I can do in the apothecary line". Though Keats did not live... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134735

  2. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.
    NERUDA, Pablo. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.

    [June 1944]

    A scarce example of a signed carbon copy typescript poem by Pablo Neruda, with three small corrections in his hand. The 18-verse poem "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice" ("Argentina, hear what my country says to you") was written by the Chilean poet and diplomat on 4 June 1944 in response to the coup d'état of 1943 in Argentina. It was first... Learn More

    Stock Code: 134176

  3. Soldier Songs.
    MACGILL, Patrick. Soldier Songs.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, number 207 of 280 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. Patrick MacGill (1889-1963) was known as the "navvy poet", Soldier Songs "collected his war verse with a valuable preface on songs the soldiers made" (ODNB). Learn More

    Stock Code: 133748

  4. Blanco.
    PAZ, Octavio. Blanco.

    Mexico City : 1967

    First and limited edition, number 405 of 579 copies, of one of Paz's major works, experimental in both form and content, which, when unfolded, "in a certain sense produces text by transforming the space itself into a text" (Sanchez). It was composed while Paz was serving in India as Mexican ambassador; his time there is important in relation to his... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132640

  5. Cupid Turned Volunteer.
    ELIZABETH, Princess of the United Kingdom. Cupid Turned Volunteer.

    London : 1804

    First edition, signed by "Elizabeth" on the half-title. Published at the height of the Georgian volunteer movement for the war against Napoleon, this book contains a series of engraving based on drawings by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III, showing cupid training to fight the French. Each picture depicting scenes of "Genius, Loyalty, and Patriotism"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 129967

  6. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.
    TASSO, Torquato. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.

    London : 1817

    First edition thus, one of 50 large paper copies. A highly appealing edition printed by the excellent Thomas Bensley and with delightful wood-engravings, perhaps by Bewick's pupil Henry White, after designs by John Thurston. Fairfax's translation was originally published in 1600; the first English translation of Tasso's poetical account of the first... Learn More

    Stock Code: 121168

  7. Fife and Drum.
    [BURTON, Claude E. C. H.] Fife and Drum.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, first issue. A very scarce war poetry collection, in exceptional fine condition. Claude E. C. H. Burton wrote patriotic war poetry in the early years of the First World War under these two pseudonyms for The Daily Mail and The Evening News, both Lord Northcliffe's publications. His son, Captain Henry Patrick Claude Burton,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 119921

  8. 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

  9. The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.
    (NAVAL.) The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.


    First edition of this extremely uncommon poetical account of a two-month "shakedown" cruise with a new ship's company on a British man of war. The work was begun as a pastime during a "regimen on shore recruiting an extremely exhausted constitution". Finding his "Sketches of Scenes which had occurred on Naval Service increasing," the author decided... Learn More

    Stock Code: 67173

  10. Poems.
    (DANIEL PRESS.) BINYON, Laurence. Poems.

    Oxford : 1895

    Limited edition, one of 200 copies bound in vellum, printed on handmade paper in large paper format. Learn More

    Stock Code: 48989

  11. 47340
    SASSOON, Siegfried. Sequences.


    One of 25 copies privately printed for Sassoon. It was first published in 1956 by Faber and Faber Limited. Learn More

    Stock Code: 47340

  12. Poems.
    OWEN, Wilfred. Poems.

    London : 1920

    First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136149

  13. Poetical Works.
    BROWNING, Robert. Poetical Works.

    London : 1889

    A handsomely bound set of Browning's works. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138121

  14. Francis Picabia, 1879-1954.
    PICABIA, Francis. Francis Picabia, 1879-1954.

    [Paris] : 1955

    First and only edition, number 166 of 191 copies. A rare collection of tributes to the French Dada and Surrealist painter and poet Francis Picabia, with contributions by artists including Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Pierre de Massot. Francis Picabia was one of the major early figures of the Dada movement in France and America. Learn More

    Stock Code: 123967

  15. 137087comp
    LE GALLIENNE, Richard. Odes of Hafiz.

    New York : 1903

    First edition, number 36 of 335 copies privately printed at the Heintzemann Press, Boston, signed by the translator on the half-title verso. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137087

  16. The Deserted Village.
    (ESSEX HOUSE PRESS.) GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village.

    Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904

    First Essex House Press edition, number 120 of 150 copies only, printed on vellum and hand illuminated. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great Poems Series. The Essex... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137543

  17. Mexico City Blues.
    KEROUAC, Jack. Mexico City Blues.

    New York : 1959

    First edition, first printing, of Kerouac's "242 Choruses", written between 1954 and 1957, in the correct black and white jacket (the bibliographer Charters incorrectly calls for a jacket "printed in red, green and black", these being the colours of the wrappers issue, and later dust jackets), hard to find in collectable condition. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136575

  18. Le Rime.
    PETRARCH. Le Rime.

    London : 1822

    A charming miniature Petrarch (in the original Italian), attractively bound, and finely printed by Pickering as part of his Diamond Classics series of miniature books, featuring the great writers. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137767

  19. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    FITZGERALD, Edward (trans). Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : 1940

    First edition thus, first printing, number 44 of 125 copies signed by the artist and specially bound. The text reprints FitzGerald's first published version of the Rubáiyát in 1859.

    Gooden (1892-1955) was an English artist who studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and is best known for his fine copper engravings. His work includes several... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137333

  20. North of Boston.
    FROST, Robert. North of Boston.

    London : 1914

    First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 200 copies, Crane's binding F. This copy has the bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. to the front pastedown. Adams Jr. was an American bibliophile and the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City from 1948 to 1969.
    North of Boston is a collection of 17 of Frost's poems,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137200

  21. Poems.
    KEATS, John. Poems.

    London : 1817

    First edition of Keats's first book, in the original boards. Poems was published on 3 March 1817 by Charles and James Ollier, who were already publishing Shelley. The first of a mere three lifetime publications, it is a work of mainly youthful promise - Keats had appeared for the first time in print less than a year earlier, with a poem in the radical... Learn More

    Stock Code: 113377

  22. Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI.
    POUND, Ezra. Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing, of Pound's follow up instalment to the Cantos, after the Draft of XXX Cantos was published in 1930. Learn More

    Stock Code: 86695

  23. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.
    YEATS, W. B. The Death of Synge, and other passages from an old diary.

    Dublin : 1928

    First edition, first impression; 400 copies printed. Learn More

    Stock Code: 84001

  24. On the Suchness of the Old Boy.
    DURRELL, Lawrence. On the Suchness of the Old Boy.

    London : 1972

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 177 of 226 copies signed by the poet and the artist, consisting of 200 numbered and 26 lettered copies. None of the lettered copies were for sale. This was the only collaboration between Sappho Durrell and her father; she was 21 at the time of publication and completing an English degree from York University.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 116595

  25. Blind Fireworks.
    MACNEICE, Louis. Blind Fireworks.

    London : 1929

    First edition, first impression, second issue in the black cloth. The author's first poetry collection, written while he was still a student at Oxford. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More

    Stock Code: 86904

  26. The Muse In Arms.
    OSBORN, E. B. (ed.) The Muse In Arms.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of First World War poems. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137522

  27. Catullus. (Gai Valeri Catulli Veronensis Liber.)
    CATULLUS; Celia & Louis Zukofsky, trans. Catullus. (Gai Valeri Catulli Veronensis Liber.)

    London : 1969

    First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his wife Celia managed to execute... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132634

  28. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.
    BACCANTI, Alberto. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.

    Casalmaggiore : 1791

    First and only edition of this epic poem in Italian recounting the life of Muhammad in 12 cantos of ottava rima, each canto illustrated with a full-page engraved plate, in addition to two frontispiece portraits of the author and of Muhammad astride a rampant horse, all after original paintings by Paolo Araldi. Originally from Casalmaggiore, Araldi (d.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 102633

  29. Over the Brazier.
    GRAVES, Robert. Over the Brazier.

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression, of Graves's first book, published when he was serving as a subaltern in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the First World War, shortly after his first meeting with fellow poet and Fusilier Siegfried Sassoon. This first impression was published on 1 May 1916. There was a second impression in 1917, and a second edition... Learn More

    Stock Code: 123977

  30. The Workes.
    JONSON, Ben. The Workes.

    London : 1641]

    First complete collected edition, comprising the second edition of volume 1 and the first edition of volumes 2 and 3. The first volume is a close reprint of the first edition of 1616. The second volume contains the reissued, unsold sheets of three plays published in 1631, which were edited by Jonson and intended to supplement his 1616 Workes. The balance... Learn More

    Stock Code: 108347

  31. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.
    PETRARCH. Le Rime di Messer Francesco Petrarca.

    Venice : 1820

    First edition thus. A very attractively bound copy of this edition of Petrarch's poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137487

  32. De contemptu mortis libri IV.
    HEINSIUS, Daniel. De contemptu mortis libri IV.

    Leiden : 1621

    First edition of the noted Dutch scholar Daniel Heinsius's (1580-1655) last major work of poetry, a didactic espousal of a stoical contempt for, rather than fear of, death. Willems writes that in its time the poem enjoyed a great vogue, and it was translated into Dutch by Jacques van Zevecote. A classical scholar of great renown (he was a professor... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137321

  33. The Christmas Book of Carols and Songs.
    ANSON, W. S. W. (ed.) The Christmas Book of Carols and Songs.

    London : [1905]

    First edition of this attractive Christmas gift book. This illustrated collection of Christmas music was published as part of the Routledge's Photogravure and Colour Series and "made itself special by its thick, imitation-vellum pages and a typeface similar to Morris' Golden" (Gertzman, p. 77). This collection predominantly features the work of poet... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137274

  34. A Commentary on Ten Arabic Poems.
    TIBRIZI, Abu Zakariya' Yahya [ibn 'Ali] al-Khatib al-. A Commentary on Ten Arabic Poems.

    Calcutta : 1894

    First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on poetry For a time he was a... Learn More

    Stock Code: 118904

  35. Twenty Drawings.
    GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.

    New York : 1919

    First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings, retaining some parts of the rare dust jacket laid in. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137326

  36. The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus.
    (TAYLOR, Thomas, trans.) ORPHEUS. The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus.

    Chiswick : 1824

    Second edition (edited and expanded since the first edition of 1787, with additional notes) of the Hymns of Orpheus by the influential translator and neoplatonist Thomas Taylor (1758-1835). Taylor was the first to translate into English the complete works of Plato and Aristotle, and also these Orphic fragments. He was such a committed Hellenist that... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137323

  37. The Poems.
    MORRIS, Francis St Vincent. The Poems.

    Oxford : 1917

    First and only edition of these World War One poems by a pilot of the Royal Flying Corps, who had enlisted during his first year at Wadham College, Oxford. His Poems were considered by contemporary reviewers to be among the best that the war had produced.
    Provenance: ink ownership inscription of Douglas W. Ashby (1898-196?), dated 13 March 1918,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137348

  38. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    (DULAC, Edmund.) OMAR KHAYYÁM; Edward Fitzgerald (trans.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : [1909]

    First Dulac edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 132279

  39. Poems (Two) 1925.
    CUNARD, Nancy. Poems (Two) 1925.

    London : 1930

    First edition, one of 150 copies, this one unnumbered. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137307

  40. Poems,
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poems,

    London : 1830

    First edition, first state, of Tennyson's first solo poetry collection. It is preceded only by Poems by Two Brothers (1827), in which he appeared anonymously alongside his (in fact three) brother. "Some of Tennyson's most enduring notes, elegiacally lyrical, with his riven sensibility... are especially manifest in the volume's most remarkable... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137218

  41. The Works.
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works.

    London : 1974

    Limited edition, one of 515 copies. A superb copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the second volume providing insight into the Press, the work, and its illustrations. Learn More

    Stock Code: 135767

  42. The Tain.
    KINSELLA, Thomas, trans. The Tain.

    Dublin : September 1969

    First edition, one of 1,750 copies printed (one of the 750 for distribution in the USA by Irish University Press).
    This strikingly-illustrated and handsomely-produced book sees both Kinsella and Le Brocquy together, executing their most notable work, in doing justice to the Táin Bó Cúailnge (or The Cattle Raid of Cooley), an ancient... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135555

  43. Poems.
    OSHIMA, Shotaro. Poems.

    Tokyo : 1939

    First edition, first printing, number 177 of 350 issued copies, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Mr Laurence Binyon With all good wishes from the Author, October 25, 1939". Loosely inserted are two letters (and washi paper envelope) to Binyon: one an autograph letter from Oshima, dated October 27, 1939; the other a typed letter... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137118

  44. Four Quartets.
    ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.

    New York : 1943

    First collected edition, first printing, one of 788 copies with the slug "first American edition" to the verso of the title page. Two printings were produced prior to publication. The first printing constituted 4,165 copies, but the poor quality of the printing led to the publisher destroying all but 788 copies, which were sent out to retain copyright.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137055

  45. Cavalcanti Poems.
    POUND, Ezra. Cavalcanti Poems.

    New York : 1966

    Signed limited edition, no. 9 of 190 copies signed by the author and printed on Perscia paper. The poems were first published in 1953 in The Translations of Ezra Pound. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136812

  46. Shakespeare's Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare's Sonnets.

    London : 1899

    First Henry Ospovat edition. Ospovat was a prolific illustrator from the late 1800s to early 1900s, providing illustrations for Shakespeare's Songs, Poems by Matthew Arnold, and Robert Browning's Men and Women. He later became known for his caricatures of celebrities, including Harry Lauder and Keir Hardie. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136713

  47. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.

    Worcester : 1960

    First edition, number 411 of 500 copies only. The Path to Peace is a book of religious verse that followed Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism in 1957. The book is dedicated to Mother Margaret Mary McFarlin, the nun who first drew him towards the faith by writing to him out of the blue after sensing a spiritual struggle in his work when reading... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136712

  48. Modern Chinese Poetry.
    ACTON, Harold, & Ch'en Shih-Hsiang (trans.) Modern Chinese Poetry.

    London : 1936

    First edition, first impression, in a nice example of the scarce jacket, of Harold Acton's English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry. It includes his introductory survey, and specimens of the works of Ch'en Meng-chia, Chou Tso-jen, Feng Fei-ming, Ho Chi-fang, Hsu Chih-mo, Kuo Mo-jo, Li Kwang-t'ien, Lin Keng, Pien Chih-lin, Shao Hsun-mei,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136704

  49. Prométhée.
    (MOORE, Henry.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, & André Gide (trans.) Prométhée.

    Paris : 1950-51

    First and limited edition of Moore's first lithographic portfolio, this copy marked "H.C." (hors de commerce) and initialled by the publisher P. A. Nicaise, perhaps one of the copies réservées à des collaborateurs (reserved for collaborators); the edition was limited to 183 copies on vélin de chiffon à la forme des Papeteries du Marais.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135517

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

    London : 1966

    First English-language edition, first impression, of Neruda's masterpiece, a superb presentation copy from the poet to the publisher, inscribed "Un abrazo a Tom de su amigo Pablo 1970" on the front free endpaper, with Tom Maschler's bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132725

  51. Recklings.
    HUGHES, Ted. Recklings.

    London : 1966

    First edition, limited issue, number 130 of 150 copies, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his sister, "With love to Olwyn from Ted, January 1967". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More

    Stock Code: 126118

  52. Writings.
    BLAKE, William. Writings.

    London : 1925

    Limited edition, number LXXV of 75 copies printed on India paper and specially bound in one volume, from a total edition of 1,575 copies. This groundbreaking work provided, for the first time, "a careful and accurate transcription of Blake's poetry" (Whitson and Whittaker, p. 38). "The significance of the Keynes edition cannot be underestimated" (ibid.).... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136956

  53. The Works.
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Works.

    London : 1832-3

    An attractive library set of Byron's works, complete with the three Don Juan volumes added to the edition, including all his poems and plays, letters and journals, and the Life by his friend Thomas Moore. Learn More

    Stock Code: 127332

  54. Incredible Good Fortune.
    LE GUIN, Ursula K. Incredible Good Fortune.

    Boston : 2006

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136621

  55. Four Quartets.
    ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.

    London : 1960

    First Bodoni edition, number 87 of 290 copies signed by the poet. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136811

  56. Idylls of the King.
    TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Idylls of the King.

    London : 1906

    An attractively bound copy of Tennyson's great Arthurian poetry cycle. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136997

  57. Poems.
    HUGHES, Ted; Ruth Fainlight; Alan Sillitoe. Poems.

    London : 1971

    First and sole edition, signed limited issue, number 58 or 59 of 300 copies on mould rag paper, signed by the authors on the limitation page. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136536

  58. Chansonnier dédié aux Demoiselles.
    (FRENCH GLASS BINDING.) Chansonnier dédié aux Demoiselles.

    Paris : [c.1828-30]

    A beautifully preserved, finely bound French songbook from the Janet workshop.
    The British Library's Database of Bookbindings notes that the Janets (both father, Pierre-Étienne, and son, Louis) were well-known engravers and publishers of ephemera in deluxe and gift bindings, particularly women's almanacs; Louis moved to rue St Jacques 59 - the location... Learn More

    Stock Code: 133875

  59. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.
    ASHBERY, John. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.

    New York : 1975

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed "for Anne Fremantle, with admiration, John Ashbery, December 1 1975" to half-title. The recipient is "Anne Fremantle, a British-born author, art critic, essayist and editor" (The New York Times obituary, 28 December 2002, retrieved 29.11.19), who also "published her first poems in 1931 and followed... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135895

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