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SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets.
Leipzig : 1910First Rowohlt edition, one of five copies printed on vellum, this copy finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (1883-1930). Sonntag jun. was instrumental in the emergence and development of the German book art movement which preceded the First World War. He trained as a binder in the early 1900s in France and the UK, including... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139564
(YEATS, W. B.) SPENSER, Edmund. Poems.
Edinburgh : First edition, first impression, rarely found in the dust jacket. This attractive production prints Yeats's lengthy essay on Edmund Spenser with his selections from Spenser's Faerie Queen, Shepherds Calendar, and others, accompanied by the exquisite illustrations of Jessie M. King.
Yeats's essay epitomises the view of Spenser as a poet who "had been... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 139674
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
[NEUBURG, Victor Benjamin.] Swift Wings. Songs in Sussex.
Steyning : 1921First edition, number 197 of 550 copies on antique laid paper, a notably fresh example of Neuburg's second book of pagan poetry published at his Vine Press. This copy was presented as a gift with a charmingly poetic inscription on the front free endpaper by his son, Victor Edward Neuburg (1924-1996).
This selection of Neuburg's poetry follows... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139457
POUND, Ezra. A Draft of XXX Cantos.
Paris : 1930First edition, first impression, number 87 of 200 copies on Canson-Montgolfier soleil velin paper, from a total edition of 212. This publication marks the first appearance of the poems that would make up Pound's Cantos, his magnum opus.
"An epic of great vision and complexity, Pound's Cantos address the profound human issues in history and... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 139520
(FLORENCE PRESS.) KEATS, John. The Poems.
London : 1915First edition thus, number one of 250 copies on unbleached Arnold paper, a notably attractive copy in the less commonly found deluxe vellum binding. The handsomely produced collection is edited by Sidney Colvin (18451927), a noted curator and Keats scholar, who published several editions of Keats's poem and letters, and, in 1917, his major biography,... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 139533
(DOVES PRESS.) WORDSWORTH, William. The Prelude,
Hammersmith : 1915First Doves Press edition, a remarkably attractive example of one of 155 copies printed on handmade paper. The Doves Press was run by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson alongside his wife Anne. Cobden-Sanderson left his career as a lawyer in 1884 in order to open the Doves Bindery, establishing the Doves Press in 1900. He was interested in all aspects of book design,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139556
(BRITISH POETS.) Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
London : 1831-1852A very pretty set of Pickering's Aldine Edition of the British poets, celebrated both for the elegance of the typography and the diligence of its editors. The two-decade long publishing project brings together a vast selection of the works of British writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spencer, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift and Gray. Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 139248
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
[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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
HUGHES, Ted. Gaudete.
London : 1977First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Stephanie and Jimmy, and Michael in good time, with love, from Ted, July 1977". The recipients, Stephanie Bennett and James Mervis, hosted Ted Hughes during the New York blackout in July of that year, which resulted in city-wide looting. Stephanie... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 119994
FREEMAN, Kathleen. The Work and Life of Solon.
Cardiff : 1926First edition, first impression. Presentation copy of the author's first book, inscribed by the author to her long-term partner, at the very start of their acquaintance, on the front free endpaper, "Lilian M.C. Clopet, from Kathleen Freeman July 14th, 1926". This work, "considered essential reading", is uncommonly found in the jacket or inscribed, this... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 142281
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poems.
London : 1842First edition of Tennyson's important early collection, quite scarce, and containing the first appearance of "Ulysses". This work was Tennyson's second publication with Edward Moxon, following Poems (1833), and contains original unpublished poetry that was written in the intervening decade. This was one of Tennyson's saddest yet most creative periods,... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 141374
HEANEY, Seamus. A Boy Driving his Father to Confession.
Frensham, Farnham, Surrey : 1970First edition, number 42 of 50 copies signed by Heaney, from a total edition of 150 printed on Glastonbury laid paper. This is not only one of the first limited editions put out by Heaney, and now very scarce, but also marks the first appearance of one of his early masterpieces. The last copy recorded at auction was in 1999, and about a third of the... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 142440
DANTE ALIGHIERI. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.
Dublin : 1785First edition, rare, of the first appearance of Boyd's translation of Dante, considered superior to the blank verse translation of 1782 by Charles Rogers, and preceding by 17 years Boyd's own completion of the Divine Comedy (1802), which would be the first published completion in English. This Dublin edition is the true first, preceding the London edition... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 136911
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
Brooklyn : 1855First edition of one of the central works of American poetry. Much has been written of the significance of this first edition"America's second Declaration of Independence" to quote PMM. "The slender volume introduced the poet who, celebrating the nation by celebrating himself, has since remained at the heart of America's cultural memory because in the... Learn More£60,000.00
Stock Code: 135889
OMAR KHAYYAM; FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyat.
London : First edition thus, number 79 of 550 copies signed by Francis Sangorski and George Sutcliffe and printed on handmade paper (a further 25 were printed on japon), in a striking binding by Bayntun-Riviere.
This is one of the most lavish editions of the Rubáiyát in the renowned translation by Edward FitzGerald, first published in 1859. Of all the literature... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 142428
STEVENS, Wallace. Notes toward a Supreme Fiction.
Cummington, MA : 1942First edition, number 111 of 190 numbered copies on Dutch Charcoal paper (a further 83 copies were issued signed and lettered), of "the central poem of the middle period, 'Notes toward a Supreme Fiction', dedicated to his closest friend, Henry Church. The three sections of 'Notes' - 'It must be abstract', 'It must change', and 'It must give pleasure'... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142340
BERRYMAN, John. Poems.
Norfolk, CT : 1942First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to Allan Covici with the best regards of John Berryman Berkeley 1 June '60". The recipient was a California-based writer, librarian, and bookseller based at UC Berkeley.
Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the collective... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 142347
SPENSER, Edmund. Epithalamion.
[New York] : 1902The Saint Dunstan edition, number 9 of 30 copies, all printed on vellum, signed by the illuminator Ross Turner on the title page, and again alongside the publisher George Sproul on the limitation leaf. An extraordinarily fine book, beautifully printed and bound.
A lavish Gilded Age production, the "Saint Dunstan Volumes" were the brainchild of the... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 141703
PAUL, Eden & Cedar. The Appreciation of Poetry.
London : 1920First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to the publisher Stanley Unwin on the front free endpaper: "To Stanley Unwin with the writers' kind wishes. October 30th, 1920." Learn More£65.00
Stock Code: 140810
HEANEY, Seamus. Night Drive.
Bow, Crediton : 1970First edition, sole impression, number 38 of 100 copies printed, and one of 55 with a poem inscribed in full in the author's manuscript facing the half-title (in this case the mildly erotic poem "Undine"), each signed and dated on the colophon.
Night Drive was published as part of Gilbertson's Manuscript Series, which also produced similar editions... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 141969
BERRYMAN, John. Poems.
Norfolk, CT : 1942First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to the Wymans w. every good wish this old nothing - John Berryman Ann Arbor March '65".
Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the collective publication Five Young American Poets in 1940; 2,000 copies were... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142345
(DU FU.) TU FU. Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.
Portland, Maine : April 1929First edition, number 30 of 50 copies printed on Japan vellum, signed by one of the translators Edna Worthley Underwood. "This is the first edition in the world of Tu Fu to be printed outside China, likewise it is the first edition of any one individual Chinese poet." (Foreword). Tu Fu, or Du Fu, who lived in the 8th century, during the Tang dynasty,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 142115
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Divina Commedia,
London : 1802First complete edition in English of the Divine Comedy, and the first publication in English of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso; the Inferno here marking its fourth publication in English, following the first edition of 1782, and Dublin and London editions by Boyd in 1785. This complete edition was greatly significant for the reception of Dante in the... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138899
BARRETT BROWNING, Elizabeth. Poems.
London : 1850First edition with the Sonnets from the Portuguese, handsomely bound with the original cloth preserved within, and both half-titles. EBB's Poems had first appeared in 1844, but this "New Edition" (the second overall) contains in the second volume the coveted and rare first appearance of Sonnets from the Portuguese, some of the most famous love poems... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 132112
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Don Juan.
London : 1819First edition of the first two cantos of Byron's last and greatest work. None of Byron's writings since the first two cantos of Childe Harold seven years earlier had appeared in such a large and expensive format: the volume sold for a guinea and a half (1 11s. 6d). Later cantos were published in octavo.
Hobhouse had preached caution and Murray had... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 141802
HUNCKE, Herbert. Elsie John and Joey Martinez.
New York : 1979Signed limited edition, number 4 of 100 copies signed by both the author and the illustrator, and bound in unique handmade patterned paper-covered boards. Perhaps the first ten or so copies were specially bound in hardback, the rest of the issue being bound in wrappers.
Herbert Huncke (rhymes with junkie) was the charismatic street hustler, petty... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141945
NERUDA, Pablo. Primeros poemos de amor.
Madrid : 1936First edition, one of 500 copies, of this collection of love poems by Neruda, essentially a condensed version of his famous and rare second collection Viente poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, originally published in Chile by Nascimento in 1924.
The poems included in this Madrid edition are poems 1, 4, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, and... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142298
(GONNE, Maud, illus.) YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page, and with an original initialled drawing in black ink on the front free endpaper (and expanded version of the ornament printed on p. 20.) Edith Maud Gonne (1866-1953) was one of the boldest figures of the Irish Literary Revival; a suffragette and artist, she remains best known... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137680
GRAY, Thomas. Designs for Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray.
London : 1765Fourth edition overall, expanded from the three editions of 1753 with further Odes, of this large, elaborately illustrated publication of the best-known works of the poet Gray, including the Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard. A presentation copy of H. A. J. Munro's translation of the Elegy into Latin (c. 1873) is tipped-in at the rear endpapers.
"This... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142136
YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair and other poems.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of Yeats's follow-up collection to The Tower, containing some of his best, and most difficult, poems, such as "Blood and the Moon", "A Dialogue of Self and Soul", "Vacillation", and, of course, "Byzantium", and thus full of "those images that yet / fresh images beget; / that dolphin-torn, and gong tormented sea". A smaller... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 119643
BLAKE, William. The Note-Book.
London : 1935First edition thus, number 175 of 650 copies, with the very scarce dust jacket. This fine Nonesuch Press edition constitutes the first printing in facsimile of Blake's famous notebook, known as the "Rossetti Manuscript", after its acquisition by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1847. This notebook contained a number of latterly famous shorter poems left unpublished... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 142098
PARKER, Dorothy. The Viking Portable Library.
New York : 1945First collected edition, fifth printing, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Ruthven Todd - with gratitude to him for wanting this miserable signature. Dorothy Parker". Todd was a Scottish poet, artist, and novelist, best known as an editor of the works of William Blake. He moved to the United States in 1947 where he lived for 13 years.
This... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141988
GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Earth Gods.
New York : 1931First edition, first printing, of Gibran's classic focusing on spiritual concepts, published the year of the author's death. Uncommon in such good condition and with the jacket. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 141927
BOWLES, Fred. G. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.
London : 1899First and sole edition, rather uncommon. Fred G. Bowles was best known in his day as a lyricist. However, his poem "Resurrection", published here, was anthologized in The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse (1917). The Sign of the Unicorn was a small publishing house established by the "versatile journalist" and "mercurial 1890s figure" Ernest James... Learn More£50.00
Stock Code: 141861
SPARE, Austin Osman, & Clifford Bax (eds.) The Golden Hind.
London : April 1924First edition, first impression, number 32 of 75 cloth copies signed by both Spare and Bax on the front free endpaper. From the library of the artist Pickford Robert Waller (1849-1930), with his bookplate to the front pastedown, a leading member of the aesthetic movement and a prolific illustrator, producing book designs for Guthrie's Pear Tree Press,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 141840
A. E. [George William Russell.] The Earth Breath and Other Poems.
New York and London : 1897First edition, dedicated to Yeats, who had encouraged Russell's first collection, Homeward (1894). An attractive little volume printed in an edition of 2, 000 copies by Will Bradley at the Wayside Press. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 141846
(BURNS, Robert.) JOHNSTONE, Alexander. The Flora of Burns.
Edinburgh : 1905First and sole edition, presentation copy from the author, inscribed at head of title page, "With Alexander Johnstone's compliments". This is a rare little pamphlet recorded at just 1 institutional library worldwide, Edinburgh University. Johnstone, lecturer on botany at the School of Medicine, Edinburgh, was the author of several textbooks, in particular... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 141831
OMAR KHAYYÁM. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.
Worcester, Mass. : 1910First edition in Japanese, number 31 of 100 copies, and invariably scarce; this a particularly well preserved copy of a fragile publication.
In his introduction, Hikozo Kikase remarks that his translation was undertaken as the behest of "my friend Mr. F. L. Coes so as to add a new variety to his collection of seven hundred copies of the original... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 141753
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141677
TRANSTROMER, Tomas. Citoyens.
Knotting, Bedfordshire : 1974First English language edition, copy 100 of 150 copies, printed on Abbey Mills laid paper, this a presentation copy inscribed by Transtromer and additionally signed by the translator Robin Fulton on the colophon.
Copies numbered 1 to 50 were issued signed by Transtromer; this copy, though a later number, is presented by the poet with a lengthy... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141215
TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Poems.
[London?] : 1862First 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
THOMAS, R. S. Destinations.
Shipston-on-Stour : 1985First and limited edition, one of 300 copies (this copy unnumbered and out of series), beautifully printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. Although Thomas's poetry is "commonly renowned for pessimism and distress... Destinations is the neglected mainspring of the poet's philosophical turning towards affirmation" (Christopher Morgan,... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 123679
(BROOKE, Rupert, et al.) MARSH, Edward, ed. Georgian Poetry 1911-1912.
London : [1913?]The first volume of Eddie Marsh's Georgian Poetry series, with the signatures of every one of the poets involved. Marsh himself has signed the page at the end of his prefatory note, and facing the contents pages are found the signatures of all 17 of the contributing poets (including Rupert Brooke, whose signature is uncommon). Robert Bridges, who was... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 141949