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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. Orts.
    HUGHES, Ted. Orts.

    London : 1978

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 161 of 200 copies signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. "Orts" is a Middle English word meaning scraps or leftovers. Many of the poems in this collection were left over from the unpublished Lumb's Remains, which... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 125734

  2. A Miscellany of Poems by Several Hands.
    JOHNSON, Samuel. A Miscellany of Poems by Several Hands.

    Oxford : 1731

    First 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

  3. Poems for Shakespeare 3.
    THWAITE, Anthony (ed.) Poems for Shakespeare 3.

    London : 1974

    Signed limited edition of a 100 copies, this copy out of series, signed by the editor on the title page and by all 14 contributing poets on the facing page. The copy of the editor Anthony Thwaite, with his ownership signature in pencil to the front free endpaper. The signed issue preceded the trade edition. Together with a card from Sam Wanamaker to... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 126572

  4. Gaudete.
    HUGHES, Ted. Gaudete.

    London : 1977

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn much love from Ted 22nd April 77". 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
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 125889

  5. Divân-ı Zâtî ("Diwan of Zati"); [together with:] Sawanih al-nawadir fi ma'rifat al-anasir ("Rare Thoughts about Knowledge of the Elements").
    ZATI, Suleyman. Divân-ı Zâtî ("Diwan of Zati"); [together with:] Sawanih al-nawadir fi ma'rifat al-anasir ("Rare Thoughts about Knowledge of the Elements").

    Istanbul : 1841

    First edition. Scarce, with only 11 locations on WorldCat. A lavishly produced copy the first edition of these works by Suleyman Zati, clearly specially produced for presentation, since the printers have deliberately omitted the opening title device and a new design has been hand painted in its place. The attractive binding bears the seal of the reigning... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 126850

  6. Poems on several Occasions.
    SMITH, Adam - HAMILTON, William. Poems on several Occasions.

    Glasgow : 1748

    First edition of Hamilton's poems, with a preface by Adam Smith, his first appearance in print. Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 125751

  7. Twenty Sonnets to Mary.
    JAMES, Edward. Twenty Sonnets to Mary.

    [London] : [1931]

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the first blank, "To Silvia, with love and affection, from Edward - May 1931". Edward James (1907-1984) was an aristocratic arts patron and amateur poet. He was a passionate supporter of surrealism and sponsored Salvador Dalí for the whole of 1938. The James Press was primarily... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 130533

  8. 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

  9. Youth.
    ROSENBERG, Isaac. Youth.

    London : 1915

    First edition, sole printing, of Rosenberg's second of only three poetry pamphlets published in his lifetime. This work, containing 22 poems, was published in a run of roughly 100 copies just prior to his enlistment in the army. Rosenberg attended the Slade School and quickly became one of the most celebrated of the British war poets, before his death... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 128186

  10. Telephone Poles and Other Poems.
    UPDIKE, John. Telephone Poles and Other Poems.

    New York : 1963

    First edition, first printing, of Updike's second collection of poetry. Of the 66 poems collected here 3 were previously unpublished, and 47 were published in The New Yorker, for whom Updike had written regularly since 1954. Learn More
    £115.00

    Stock Code: 128335

  11. The Vortex.
    ANDERSON, John Redwood. The Vortex.

    London : 1928

    First edition, first impression of this collection of poetry. From the publisher's archive with their stamp to the title page. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 95032

  12. Division.
    MEYERSTEIN, E. H. W. Division.

    Oxford : 1946

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "M. C. S. With the writer's sincere regard, Norbury Park 3/8/47" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was birth control pioneer Marie Stopes, who lived at Norbury Park House near Leatherhead, Surrey. With her bookplate to the inside of the front wrapper. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 97292

  13. These Are The Ravens.
    EVERSON, Bill. These Are The Ravens.

    San Leandro, CA : 1935

    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 15 copies covered by the author at The Everson Printery, on 27 November 1935. This copy was presented to Miss Frances Wilson by the author on 19 December 1935, and was subsequently inscribed by him 44 years later on the inside front cover: "How astounding to find this specially bound copy of my first book,... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 99733

  14. Bright November.
    AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.

    London : [1947]

    First edition, first impression, later issue binding, of the author's first published book. The publisher R. A. Caton was an elusive one-man publisher who founded The Fortune Press, based at 12 Buckingham Palace Road, in 1924. He specialised in gay writing (several Fortune Press productions were burned after the 1934 obscenity trials), and in taking... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 100284

  15. Poems.
    CLOUGH, Arthur Hugh. Poems.

    London : 1890

    A choicely bound copy. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 101683

  16. Continual Dew.
    BETJEMAN, John. Continual Dew.

    London : 1937

    First edition, one of only three copies specially bound in blue velvet. This copy has a typed letter signed from the publisher (John "Jock" Murray VI 1909-1993) dated 1942 gifting the book to the novelist and bibliophile Michael Sadleir, enclosing the present copy as a "swop" for "the splendid Amandiana", and clarifying the limitation, noting that there... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 102445

  17. Christmas card, 2007. Irish poem.
    HEANEY, Seamus, & Tim O'Neill. Christmas card, 2007. Irish poem.

    Loughcrew : 2007

    Heaney's Christmas card for 2007, one of 300 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by Heaney to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids, "Roy, Wishing you quiet nights in the scriptorium - Seamus & Marie." The card features an anonymous 9th century poem in Old Irish, together with a translation into English by Heaney and O'Neill: "Is acher in... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 103115

  18. Manhattan Men.
    KREYMBORG, Alfred. Manhattan Men.

    New York : 1929

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, amusingly inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to the American writer and historian, H. Ogden Wintermute, "This book of man, to the man in Ogden, Wintermute. Alfred Kreymborg, 11/19/31." An attractive copy with the art deco dust jacket. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 103571

  19. All This and Bevin Too.
    PEAKE, Mervyn (illus.); CRISP, Quentin. All This and Bevin Too.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, scarce. "In 1943 Crisp wrote a pamphlet and got his Chelsea neighbour Mervyn Peake to illustrate it. The pamphlet consisted of forty-eight 'rather clumsy verses of angerless satire' directed at the Ministry of Labour headed by Ernest Bevin. Quentin tells us he dashed these off in two afternoons but after ensnaring the... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103875

  20. High and Low.
    BETJEMAN, John. High and Low.

    London : 1966

    First edition, signed limited edition. Number 31 of 100 copies specially bound and signed by the author. Learn More
    £425.00

    Stock Code: 103910

  21. Regarding Wave.
    SNYDER, Gary. Regarding Wave.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Fred & Edie 9.IX.40070, Kitkitdizze, Gary Snyder". Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 103922

  22. Dispersal Point.
    PUDNEY, John. Dispersal Point.

    London : 1943

    First edition, third printing. From the library of Australian painter Albert Tucker (1914-1999), with his signature to front free endpaper. Learn More
    £85.00

    Stock Code: 104461

  23. Verses.
    BELLOC, Hilaire. Verses.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author with a holograph draft of "Sonnet XXIV", later published in his Sonnets and Verse (1923), on the front free endpaper. This copy comes from the collection of historian and auctioneer Anthony Hobson (1921-2014), who according to a laid-in note in his hand, judged this to be a pre-publication draft:... Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 104936

  24. Miscellaneous Poems.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Miscellaneous Poems.

    London : 1826

    First edition of this very scarce early collected edition of Shelley's poetry, in the rare original boards. This Benbow piracy selects Shelley's poetry from various previously published editions, collecting mainly from the Posthumous Poems edition of 1824, but with some notable examples drawn from earlier publications. Excepting perhaps the Posthumous... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 106345

  25. Proems.
    FORTUNE PRESS: DURRELL, Lawrence; Ruthven Todd, Patrick Evans; Rayner Heppenstall; Edgar Foxall; Oswell Blakeston. Proems.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. The Fortune Press made most of its money through a steady output of pornography, and also provided its owner Reginald Caton with a convenient tax dodge for his activities as a slum landlord in Brighton. Caton would occasionally commission works of "proper literature" to provide his pornography list with a veneer of respectability... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 109002

  26. The Woman of the House: An Elegy.
    MURPHY, Richard. The Woman of the House: An Elegy.

    Dublin : 1959

    First and limited edition, one of 250 copies. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the title page: "For Darrel Simmons with best wishes Richard Murphy, 14 April 1977 at Chicago"; and with an authorial correction at page 10, changing the line "While the mist came down like chronic catarrh" to "Under leaky thatch listening to seabirds". An... Learn More
    £625.00

    Stock Code: 110120

  27. Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.
    (YEATS, W. B.) BAX, Clifford (ed.) Florence Farr, Bernard Shaw and W. B. Yeats.

    Dublin : 1941

    First edition, first impression. Number 386 of 500 copies. A collection of letters from Shaw and Yeats to Florence Farr (1860-1917), a London-based actress of great beauty and dynamism. She was deeply involved with both Yeats and Bernard Shaw, both theatrically (acting in plays written by them, often specifically for her) and romantically (more with... Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 112230

  28. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.

    New York : 1957

    Signed 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.

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    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 112375

  29. A Child's Day:
    MARE, Walter de la. A Child's Day:

    London : 1912

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £145.00

    Stock Code: 11879

  30. Wormwood.
    KINSELLA, Thomas. Wormwood.

    Dublin : 1966

    First edition, signed limited issue of 350 copies, signed by the author on the colophon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Benjamin Boshes, with best wishes, Thomas Kinsella". The recipient was Doctor Benjamin Boshes, chairman emeritus of the neurology department at Northwestern University Medical School. During the... Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 42113

  31. Within and Without: a dramatic poem.
    MACDONALD, George. Within and Without: a dramatic poem.

    London : 1855

    First edition of the author's first book, presentation copy to Charles Kingsley, inscribed by MacDonald in ink at the head of the title: "The Reverend Charles Kingsley With much honour from George MacDonald." An excellent association copy, bringing together the only two significant writers of Christian fantasy in the Victorian period. Kingsley recognised... Learn More
    £6,500.00

    Stock Code: 43749

  32. Songs for Eve.
    MacLEISH, Archibald. Songs for Eve.

    Boston : 1954

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, presentation copy, this copy unnumbered and specially bound and signed by the author on the half-title, and additionally inscribed on the title page "For Dos & Betty with love, Archie, December 1954". The recipients were the writer John Dos Passos, author of the U.S.A. Trilogy (1930-6), and Betty,... Learn More
    £640.00

    Stock Code: 50076

  33. Partingtime Hall.
    FENTON, James, & John Fuller. Partingtime Hall.

    London : 1987

    First edition, first impression. With the publisher's promotional sheet laid in. Learn More
    £35.00

    Stock Code: 50464

  34. Saga and Song: Being a Ballad Made of the "Regina Elizabeth"
    GALE, Norman Roland. Saga and Song: Being a Ballad Made of the "Regina Elizabeth"

    Rugby : 1895

    First edition, first printing of the author's first book. Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 50626

  35. Greybeards at Play. Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen.
    CHESTERTON, G. K. Greybeards at Play. Literature and Art for Old Gentlemen.

    1900

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first book. Learn More
    £525.00

    Stock Code: 50828

  36. Hoi chilies kai e meutera nuchta (The Thousand and Second Night and Other Poems).
    MERRILL, James. Hoi chilies kai e meutera nuchta (The Thousand and Second Night and Other Poems).

    [Athens] : 1966

    First edition thus, first impression. Inscribed by the author and the translator on the front free endpaper "To Allen Ansen and from his friend, veiled in a foreign tongue, Jimmy." Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the... Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 51354

  37. For James Merrill. A Birthday Tribute.
    MERRILL, James. For James Merrill. A Birthday Tribute.

    1986

    First edition, first printing. One of a limited edition of 90 copies. Learn More
    £160.00

    Stock Code: 51368

  38. Wholly Communion the film.
    WHITEHEAD, Peter. Wholly Communion the film.

    1966

    Second edition. From the library of Alan Ansen. Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 51406

  39. Roosting Hawk.
    HUGHES, Ted. Roosting Hawk.

    [1959]

    First separate edition, sole printing, being one of a small number of copies off-printed from the Grecourt Review for the use of the publisher and author. Sagar & Tabor write that "The Grecourt Review, like many other periodicals, provided contributors with offprints... They are identical with the magazine texts and of no bibliographical interest".... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 51997

  40. A Chosen Light.
    MONTAGUE, John. A Chosen Light.

    Chicago : 1969

    First US edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the title page, "for Donal Swift, John Montague, Sherry '78". Originally published in the UK in 1967. Learn More
    £80.00

    Stock Code: 63479

  41. Window of Night.
    WILLIAMS, Charles. Window of Night.

    [1925]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 63751

  42. Notes from the Land of the Dead.
    KINSELLA, Thomas. Notes from the Land of the Dead.

    Dublin : 1972

    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 500 numbered copies. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 63830

  43. The Bab Ballads.
    GILBERT, W. S. The Bab Ballads.

    1922

    First published in 1868. A lovely example of an onlay by the Spottiswoode bindery. Learn More
    £285.00

    Stock Code: 66515

  44. An Offering of Swans and Other Poems.
    GOGARTY, Oliver St John. An Offering of Swans and Other Poems.

    London : [1924]

    First UK edition, first impression, originally published in Dublin in 1923. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Edgar Scott, the only man who made a rhyme with the name of his friend this rhymer - a book of verse from Olivier St. J. Gogarty, Kylemore House, Co. Galway, Ireland. August 17th 1935". Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 69417

  45. The Waggoner and other Poems.
    BLUNDEN, Edmund. The Waggoner and other Poems.

    London : 1920

    First edition, second issue. Of an edition of 500, 250 copies were bound in purple cloth for immediate issue, 100 sets of sheets were sent to NY for Knopf's American edition, and the remaining 150 bound up in green cloth later in 1920. Extremely uncommon in jacket in either issue. Blunden's first trade publication, The Waggoner was issued with the encouragement... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 70521

  46. Beechen Vigil and other Poems.
    DAY LEWIS, Cecil. Beechen Vigil and other Poems.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. With the 1933 ownership inscription of sculptress Gertrude Hermes to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 70972

  47. The Last Ditch.
    MACNEICE, Louis. The Last Ditch.

    Dublin : 1940

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 72283

  48. Poems for niggers and crackers.
    HATCH, James V., & Ibrahim Ibn Ismail. Poems for niggers and crackers.

    [Cairo : 1965

    First edition. Inscribed by Hatch on the front free endpaper, "To Jackie, would you believe two volumes of verse? Love you for supporting the unpopular arts, Jim." Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 76251

  49. British Poetry since 1945.
    [BROWNJOHN, Alan] LUCIE-SMITH, Edward [ed]. British Poetry since 1945.

    Harmandsworth, Middlesex : 1973

    Third printing, originally published in 1970. Inscribed by the poet Alan Brownjohn in the margin above his section of the anthology (p. 263), "Signed for Nicholas Gammage - with all good wishes to you and for your poetry - Alan Brownjohn, 24th January 1974". Brownjohn and Gammage were both friends with Ted Hughes, who also is included in this anthology.... Learn More
    £65.00

    Stock Code: 77017

  50. Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1919. And Yearbook of American Poetry.
    BRAITHWAITE, William Stanley (ed.) Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1919. And Yearbook of American Poetry.

    Boston : 1919

    First edition, first impression of this significant anthology representing many of the American poets of the period, compiled by an important African American writer. Learn More
    £100.00

    Stock Code: 80537

  51. Poems by Four Authors.
    ACKERLEY, J. R., and others. Poems by Four Authors.

    Cambridge : 1923

    First edition, first impression, of the first book to publish Ackerley's poetry. The other three poets are A. Y. Campbell, E. L. Davidson, and F. H. Kendon. Learn More
    £350.00

    Stock Code: 82618

  52. Five Great Odes.
    CLAUDEL, Paul. Five Great Odes.

    London : 1967

    Number 2 from a limited edition of 100 copies signed by the translator and with his inscription: "Stanley Ekers, best wishes, Ted." Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 87112

  53. Tonight at Noon.
    HENRI, Adrian. Tonight at Noon.

    London : 1968

    First edition, first impression of the author's first book. Number 20 of 100 copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 89001

  54. At Thurgarton Church.
    BARKER, George. At Thurgarton Church.

    London : 1969

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £45.00

    Stock Code: 89493

  55. Poems.
    MANNING, Frederic. Poems.

    London : 1910

    First edition, first impression. Collection of 39 poems, of which only three had previously appeared in different magazines. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 91367

  56. One Hundred Fables in Verse;
    PLUMPTRE, James, ed. One Hundred Fables in Verse;

    London : 1825

    First edition of this collection of fables, including a number by Christopher Smart, William Cowper and the Scottish poet William Wilkie. Educated at the fashionable Newcombe's school at Hackney, James Plumptre (1771-1832), took part in the amateur theatricals that were encouraged there, before going up to Cambridge; he was ordained in 1794. His continuing... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 93146

  57. The Far Familiar.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); MACKAYE, Percy. The Far Familiar.

    London : 1938

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175.00

    Stock Code: 113204

  58. Poems.
    LONGLEY, Michael. Poems.

    Edinburgh : 1985

    First edition, first impression, case-bound issue. Inscribed by the author "For Phil Murray, warmest regard, Michael Longley, Sligo 85" on the title page. Poems was also issued in paper wrappers. Dr Philip Murray is an Irish bibliophile and author The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 113526

  59. The Crystal Lithium.
    SCHUYLER, James. The Crystal Lithium.

    New York : 1972

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 101447

  60. Poems 1930-1989.
    BECKETT, Samuel. Poems 1930-1989.

    London : 2002

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 5 of 100 copies specially bound with a lithograph by Louis le Brocquy, and signed by the artist. Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 114408

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