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NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
London : 1966First 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
BEERBOHM, Max. Autograph manuscript draft poem, "To W.S."
June 1914A 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
SPENDER, Stephen. Ruins and Visions.
London : 1942First 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
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
London : 1961 First Bodoni edition of Eliot's masterpiece, number 143 of 300 copies signed by the poet on the limitation leaf; a magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137130
BELBEN, May. The Singing Heart.
Bournemouth : 1928First 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
BUKOWSKI, Charles. Crucifix in a Deathhand. New Poems 1963-65.
New York : 1965First and limited edition of 3,100 copies, this a superb presentation copy from Bukowski, inscribed exuberantly in red and silver paint pen on the page facing the colophon, "For Jerry Cushman, Poems sure, Poems why not, Charles Bukowski, 5-3-65", accompanied by a drawing of a caged flower and a bottle; additionally signed by Bukowski on the half-title... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139612
ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
London : 1960First Bodoni edition, number 250 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£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137131
(ELIOT, T. S., trans.) PERSE, St. John. Anabasis.
London : 1930First edition, number 6 of 350 copies signed by Eliot on the limitation page. This handsome Faber edition prints Eliot's translation in parallel with the original French text. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 141365
WALCOTT, Derek. In A Green Night.
London : 1962First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the publisher, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Tom Maschler, gratefully, Derek Walcott, Oct 9 64". This was the copy of Tom Maschler, the publisher, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141382
BISHOP, Elizabeth. Geography III.
New York : 1976First edition, first printing, signed by the poet on the title page and dated in the year of publication, "Elizabeth Bishop, December 28th, 1976". Geography III was Bishop's last work and won the Book Critics' Circle Award for 1977. "This volume of nine beautifully crafted poems returns to themes of North and South but with greater intimacy and immediacy"... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141351
WAITE, Arthur Edward. Strange Houses of Sleep.
London : 1906First edition, sole impression, number 16 of 250 copies, each signed by the author. Strange Houses of Sleep collects the esoteric poetry (including a lengthy verse drama on the holy grail) of A. E. Waite (1857-1942), popularly known for his creation of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. "Through his critical and historical studies of occultism in all its forms,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139766
YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.
London : 1889First edition, first issue, a major literary association copy, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To the poet of the North Countrie, Joseph Skipsey, with the author's kind regards". In addition, Yeats has made minor corrections to the text on four pages. The inscription shows Yeats's admiration for the Newcastle pitman poet, whom he honours... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 140222
BRADBURY, Ray. Original autograph manuscript poem, [published as "Why Viking Lander, Why the Planet Mars?"]
Hollywood, CA : [c. 19] June 1976A wonderful original manuscript poem by Ray Bradbury, showing one of the great imaginations of American science fiction engaging directly and in real time with a major event in space exploration.
In mid-June 1976, Ray Bradbury, author of the Martian Chronicles (1950), was invited to the Disney projection room in Hollywood to witness the... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 139775
CARROLL, Lewis. Phantasmagoria.
London : 1869First edition, first issue. One of 28 presentation copies sent out by Dodgson on 7 Januray 1869, inscribed by the author in brown ink on the half-title: "T. Heaphy, Esq. with the Author's Kind regards. Jan. 1869". The recipient was Thomas Frank Heaphy the Younger (1813-1873), a well regarded portrait and narrative painter whose name figures heavily... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137829
HUGHES, Ted. Tales From Ovid.
London : 1998First edition, signed limited issue, signed by the author; this is the binder's copy, marked "0/5". The signed limited edition consisted of 310 copies, of which 10 were reserved for the author. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138031
MARCEAU, Marcel. Les rêveries de Bip.
Paris : 1978First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A Hubert Juin, de tout coeur, Bip flower, Marcel Marceau 1978". Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown". The recipient, in fact Hubert Loescher (1926-1987), was a Belgian poet, novelist,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140934
(GRAVES, Robert, ed.) HARDY, Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, et al. The Owl.
London : 1919-23First editions, first impressions, the first number being from the very scarce signed limited issue, one of 24 unnumbered copies signed by the 18 contributors: Max Beerbohm, George Belcher, Pamela Biano, W. H. Davies, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, Eric Kennington, J. Masefield, Robert Nichols, Nancy Nicholson, W. Nicholson, William Orpen,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139992
(BASKIN, Leonard.) HUGHES, Ted. Moortown Elegies.
London : 1978First edition, first impression, letter M of 26 extra-limited copies lettered A-Z, inscribed by the author on the limitation page to his sister, "For Olwyn, Ted Hughes". 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... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 126485
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Edition of The Sonnets.
London : 1974Signed limited edition, number 46 of 260 copies, signed on the introduction leaf by the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft and on the limitation leaf by the calligrapher. Attractively bound, this edition of the sonnets is printed in calligraphic form, since, as Ashcroft writes in her introduction, "when first written the Sonnets circulated 'among his private... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 140828
(GRAVES, Robert, ed.) HARDY, Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, et al. The Owl.
London : 1919-23First editions, first impressions, the first number being from the very scarce signed limited issue, one of 24 unnumbered copies signed by the 18 contributors: Max Beerbohm, George Belcher, Pamela Biano, W. H. Davies, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, Eric Kennington, J. Masefield, Robert Nichols, Nancy Nicholson, W. Nicholson, William Orpen,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139994
MAGALLON, Xavier de. L'Ombre.
[Paris] : 1934First edition thus, first printing, number XIV of 26 copies on Arches, with an original Moreau-inspired etching of angel-airman falling numbered 6/120 and signed by Pierre Pascal; from a total edition limited to 110 copies.
This poetic tribute to an airman killed in the First World War, was written by Xavier de Magallon (1866-1956), marquis of Magallon... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140842
GRAVES, Robert. Life of the Poet Gnaeus Robertulus Gravesa.
Deià : 1990Signed limited edition, one of 150 numbered copies hand printed and bound in vellum. Signed on the limitation page by the printer Tomás Graves, the illustrator Alice Meyer Wallace, and the binder Carmen García-Gutierrez. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 140812
ELDRIDGE, Paul. I Bring a Sword.
New York : 1945First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed one the half-title, "For Dorothy Tierney Keith, Very cordially, Paul Elridge". Dorothy Tierney was an American actor who appeared in many Broadway plays, including My Golden Girl (1920), The Checkerboard (1920) and Dawn (1924); she was the fourth wife... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 139312
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
London : 1933Second and enlarged edition, first printing, presentation copy, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, "To Elinor Loring, with best wishes, Wystan Auden. Nov. 1933"; rarely encountered inscribed. First published in 1930, this revised edition contains seven new poems.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139518
YEATS, W. B. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.
New York : 1957Signed limited edition, number 381 of 825 copies signed by Yeats, and issued posthumously. The limitation sheets were signed by the author before his death in 1939, and retained by the publisher until the publication of this edition, which was deferred until after the war. Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 112375
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Edition of The Sonnets.
London : 1974Signed limited edition, number 132 of 260 copies, signed on the introduction leaf by the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft and on the limitation leaf by the calligrapher. This edition of the sonnets is printed in calligraphic form, since, as Ashcroft writes in her introduction, "when first written the Sonnets circulated 'among his private friends'... it seems... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140685
DICKEY, James. The Zodiac.
Bloomfield Hills, MI : 1976First edition, number 39 of 61 copies signed by the author with a single leaf of the typescript working draft bound in, Dickey's manuscript corrections in ink. A trade issue was released by Doubleday later in the same year. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140558
HUGHES, Ted. Collected Animal Poems.
London : 1995Number 73 of 292 uncorrected proof copies, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his son on the limitation page, "For Nicholas, Many beasts that escaped the albion, and some that didn't, love Daddy". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 126477
HEANEY, Seamus. Beowulf.
London : 1999First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's translation of the Anglo-Saxon epic, which he dedicated to the memory of Ted Hughes (1930-1998), won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 135703
HOUSMAN, A. E. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.
Cambridge : 1920-36An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius, and was Regius Professor of... Learn More£10,000.00
Stock Code: 119798
(GONNE, Maud, illus.) YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "To John Varian, With Greeting from Ella Young", and with over ten annotations in ink by Young.
The recipient, John Osborne Varian (1863-1931), was an Irish-American poet and a leader within the theosophist utopian community of Halcyon,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139842
WALLER, John, et al. The Cherwell, Vol. LIX, No. 7.
1940First edition, sole impression, John Waller's own copy, inscribed and double signed by him on the front cover "John Waller My copy. Ruth Douglas published my poems and he was the greatest illegible... John Waller". John Waller was an English author, poet and journalist, and a member of the Cairo poets during the Second World War Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140314
CUMMINGS, E. E. Eimi.
New York : 1933First edition, signed limited issue, number 7 of 1,381 copies signed by the author, additionally inscribed "For H. W. from EEC. April 3". Eimi was a travelogue, in Cummings's signature abstract prose, of his visit to the Soviet Union in 1931. As explained on the limitation page, the unusual limitation was apparently simply a reflection of the number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138117
(MAPPLETHORPE, Robert.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
[New York] : 1986First edition of this translation by Paul Schmidt, limited to 1,000 numbered copies signed by both Schmidt and Mapplethorpe; with the original 4-page long "Limited Editions Club Letter" loosely inserted.
First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139013
PINTER, Harold. The Birthday Party.
London : 1959First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Birthday Party was Pinter's first full-length play, "which, after a short, highly successful provincial tour, opened at the Lyric Hammersmith on 19 May 1958 but closed at the end of the week" (ODNB). Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140336
SPENDER, Stephen. Twenty Poems.
Oxford : First edition, limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second blank, "To Elizabeth, with love from Stephen. June 11th". From a total edition of 135 copies, of which 75 copies were numbered and signed. This, the author's second book, was published while Spender was a student at Oxford: it was well received and prompted T. S.... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 140052
DRINKWATER, John. To Be Spoken with An Appeal for Funds For the Rebuilding of The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
London : 1926First edition, limited issue, number 1 of 25 specially printed copies, this inscribed by the author "No. 1. David from Jonathan". Drinkwater was the governor of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, along with George Bernard Shaw. This 14 line poem was written to petition for funds for the rebuilding of the theatre, after it was destroyed by fire in 1926.... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140034
GINSBERG, Allen. Photographs.
Altadena : 1990First edition, first printing, inscribed copy, of Ginsberg's collection of photographs of his close friends, including Kerouac, Cassady, Burroughs, Orlovsky, Snyder, Corso and Leary; and some of luminaries such as Robert Frank, Basil Bunting, Lou Reed and Ken Kesey; all with revealing descriptive annotations in facsimile. From an edition of 5,100 copies,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140264
HEANEY, Seamus, and Noel Connor. Gravities
Newcastle upon Tyne : 1979First edition, first impression, inscribed by Heaney on the title page "Seamus Heaney May 81". This title presents eight of Heaney's poems, with Connor's graphic response to each on the facing page. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 140002
KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems. 1886-1929.
London : 1929First edition, number 310 of 525 numbered copies signed by the author, an exceptional set with the original dust jackets and glassines. A beautifully produced set, printed in Baskerville type by the Chiswick Press on handmade paper, and very much in the manner of the superb Sussex Edition of Kipling's works - "planned by Macmillan as a monument to the... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 140109
LE DANTEC, Yves-Gerard. Nouveaux Sonnets Ouraniens.
Paris : 1944First edition, limited issue, number 83 of 90 copies printed on vellum, from a total edition of 100 copies, signed by the artist below the frontispiece. Andre Marchand (1907-1997) was a French painter and one of the founding members of the Salon de Mai. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 140046
ROSSETTI, Christina G. Sing-Song.
London : 1893New and enlarged edition of Christina Rossetti's illustrated book of nursery rhymes, this a very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Christina Rossetti as a Christmas gift, "Henry Edward Stewart, Xmas 1893, from Christina G. Rossetti". The recipient was the infant son of the Rossetti family's doctor, Sir Edward Stewart, who especially attended on... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 136358
YEATS, W. B. The Poems.
London : 1949First and signed limited edition, number 182 of 375 copies signed by the author to the verso of the half-title, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is not found with this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 131846
CUMMINGS, E. E. Original watercolour landscape in Pornic, France.
Pornic, France : [no date]A striking example of Cummings's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of the many windmills of Brittany, where Cummings visited, painting several rustic scenes.
Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 131043
BUKOWSKI, Charles. War All the Time.
Santa Barbara : 1984First and limited edition, one of "126 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, each with an original painting by Charles Bukowski" - this copy not numbered but inscribed "Presentation Copy" and signed by Bukowski. In addition, this copy is inscribed (in characteristic marker pen) on the blank facing the title page: "For Arthur Applebaum -... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 120437
STEVENS, Wallace. Ideas of Order.
New York : 1935First and limited edition, signed by Stevens; this one of just 10 copies for review and marked "out of series", from a total edition of 165.
An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal notation. F. O. Matthiessen... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 72150
SASSOON, Siegfried. To My Mother.
London : 1928Signed limited edition, number 463 of 500 large-paper copies printed on English handmade paper, numbered and signed by the author. Number 14 in the Ariel Poems series, Sassoon's poem pays tribute to his mother, Theresa Thornycroft Sassoon (1853-1947). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 128229
UPDIKE, John. The Angels.
Pensacola : 1968First and sole edition, one of 150 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "for Herb Yellin something of an angel himself John" on the half title. Herb Yellin (1935-2014) was a publisher and founder of the Lord John Press, who published handsome signed limited editions for a number of high-profile authors, including Stephen King, Ray Bradbury,... Learn More£580.00
Stock Code: 128337
HUGHES, Ted. Crow Wakes.
Woodford Green, Essex : 1971First edition, first printing, signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet. The title page verso is signed "No. 28, Ted Hughes" and the front free endpaper signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 46/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that "These poems were excluded... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 125129
AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.
London : First edition, first-issue binding, presentation copy inscribed in the month of publication "Best wishes from Kingsley Amis, November 1947" on the front free endpaper. Bright November was Amis's first published book.
The publisher Reginald Ashley Caton (1897-1971) was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139744
WEBER, Max. Essays on Art.
New York : June 1916First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title page, "To Mr. W. Bowdain with complements sic from Max Weber, Jan. 16. '17" - that is, William G. Bowdoin (1861-1947), art critic of the New York Evening World. This collection of essays and verse was only Weber's second book, following his Cubist Poems of 1914.
The publisher's... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139746
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
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
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