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WHITMAN, Walt. After All, Not to Create Only.
Boston : 1871First published edition, a fresh copy, the gilt roundel particularly prone to rubbing and here almost unblemished.
A private printing of 12 pages, recorded by Whitman as printed in 16 copies, preceded this first edition. Various bindings colours are known, this copy in the remainder binding from after 1889 (firm rather than flexible boards, bevelled... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 149439
BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Prometheus Bound.
London : 1833First edition, first impression, of Browning's first translation of Prometheus Bound, a poem which would occupy her for the next 20 years, in which period she established herself as a major literary figure. OCLC and Library Hub trace just 5 copies in institutions world-wide.
"Shortly after its publication, Barrett expressed reservations on the... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 149397
TEASDALE, Sara. Love Songs.
New York : 1917First edition, first printing, scarce in the jacket, of the poetry collection by the "American Sappho" that won the first Columbia University Poetry Society Prize (later renamed the Pulitzer Prize) and the Poetry Society of America Prize in 1918.
Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) was one of the most popular female poets of the early twentieth century.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 149711
DRAKE, Nick - DRAKE, Gabrielle (ed.) Remembered For A While; The John Peel Session; Remembered by Julian Lloyd.
London : 2014The Numbered Boxed Signature Edition, number 498 of 1,000 copies only, signed by Gabrielle Drake and Cally Callomon on the limitation slip mounted on the title page; photograph portfolio signed by Julian Lloyd on the limitation slip. This is a superb copy.
"Nick Drake: Remembered for a While is not so much a memoir or biography as a compendium... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 149645
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
London : 1971First edition thus, first impression, signed on the title page by Valerie Eliot, the second wife, and later widow, of the Nobel prize-winning poet, T. S. Eliot.
The Waste Land was first published in The Criterion magazine in 1922, and the first book form edition was issued the same year. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 149508
THOMAS, Edward. Last Poems
London : 1918First edition, first impression, in a state not listed by Eckert, with no advertisements at the rear. This work is Thomas's third collection of poetry but his first regularly published book of poems, issued after his death at Arras on Easter Monday 1917.
This is one of 1,050 copies printed, half of which were issued by Selwyn & Blound in the... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 149150
WORDSWORTH, William. The Prelude,
London : 1850First edition of Wordsworth's autobiographical testament, here the copy of Charlotte Bronte's husband Arthur Bell Nicholls (1819-1906), with his ownership signature to the front free endpaper, in the town of Haworth, where he was vicar.
The Prelude was begun during otherwise unfruitful visit to Germany with Coleridge in the winter of 1798 but... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146973
RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
London : [c.1940]An early edition of the Fortune Press translation, first printed in 1932 as the first English language edition of Rimbaud's Saison en Enfer. This is one of 600 copies printed, with a nice example of the dust jacket. 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... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 149403
HAGGIN, Blanche Butterworth. Le Livre d'Amour.
New York : 1887First edition of this lavish book of French love poetry, number 11 of 20 large paper copies printed on Japon, numbered and initialled by the editor Blanche Butterworth Haggin on the limitation page, in a superb binding by one of France's most prominent binders of the Belle Epoque, Charles Meunier (1865-1948), who founded the Cercle Grolier in 1923.
This... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 149248
LEGGE, J. G. Echoes from the Greek Anthology.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "from J. G. Legge, to Gilbert Murray", the author; this is a great copy with a very fitting association.
Murray (1866-1957) was a classical scholar who taught at Glasgow and Oxford, most notable and celebrated for his proficiency in the language and culture... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 149215
BORGES, Jorge Luis; Silvina Ocampo; A. Bioy Cassares. Antologia Poetica Argentina.
Buenos Aires : 1941First edition, first printing, of this anthology of Argentine Poetry. Although not marked as such, this copy was later in the library of Borges's friend and translator Norman Thomas di Giovanni. Copies in such nice condition are unusual.
Borges contributed a five-page prologue as well as editing, and included in his selection are the likes of... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 149175
PINTER, Harold. Monologue.
London : 1973First edition, first impression, signed by Harold Pinter on the limitation page, number 15 of 100 copies only. Monologue was produced by BBC Television in April 1973, directed by Christopher Morahan and played by Henry Woolf. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 149129
WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol. By C.3.3.
London : 1898First and limited edition, one of 800 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper. Another 30 copies were printed on japon. Both paper and japon copies were issued in this plain thin paper jacket, which is an understandably rare survival, being both fragile and unprinted, and so easily discarded.
The last paper copy at auction in jacket came... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 147514
HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems.
Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire : 1929First Alcuin Press edition, one of 325 sets, this copy is out-of-series, inscribed "specially for Graham and Vivienne Greene, from the printer of the book" on the limitation page, and with author Graham Greene's wife library label to the front pastedown.
This was the first edition comprising what were then Housman's complete published works (More... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 149373
WHITTIER, John Greenleaf. Poems.
New York : 1893First edition, in a superb binding by W. Barlow and annotated by his son on the verso of the front free endpaper "This book was bound and the gold work is all hand tooled by my father... H. Carl Barlow. Given to Marywith, July 7, 1972". Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 149317
DUNNING, Ralph Cheever. Rococo. A Poem.
Paris : 1926First edition, first printing, number 495 of 500 copies only signed by the author on the limitation page and the artist under the first illustration. Laid in this copy is a rare, possibly unique original photograph of the author. This is a great copy with an excellent provenance.
Although unmarked as such other than a pencilled note by the previous... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 149214
NONESUCH PRESS: MILTON, John. Poems in English: Miscellaneous Poems, Paradise Regain'd & Samson Agonistes. [Together with:] Paradise Lost.
London : 1926First Nonesuch Press edition, number 7 of 90 deluxe issue copies on Oxford India Paper bound in one volume in full vellum.
This attractively printed edition is illustrated with black and white reproductions of William Blake's remarkable visual interpretations of Milton's poetical works, accompanied by notes on the illustrations. Though individual... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 149224
DUNNING, Ralph Cheever. Rococo. A Poem.
Paris : 1926First edition, first printing, number 72 of 500 copies only signed by the author on the limitation page and the artist under the first illustration.
Ralph Cheever Dunning, dubbed "the living Buddha of Montparnasse" by fellow American expatriate Ford Maddox Ford, was a ghostly presence in critical, literary Paris in the 1920s. Ezra Pound joined... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 149213
OLIVER, Mary. Twelve Moons.
Boston : 1979First edition, first printing, the scarce hardcover issue of this early and significant collection, signed by Oliver on the title page.
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard Tillinghast has written that "her familiarity with the... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 149121
OLIVER, Mary. Twelve Moons.
Boston : 1979First edition, first printing, the scarce hardcover issue.
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard Tillinghast has written that "her familiarity with the natural world has an uncomplicated, nineteenth-century feeling", and she has... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 149124
PASOLINI, Pier Paolo. Roma 1950, diario.
Milan : 1960First and only edition, first printing, number 333 of 600 copies only, rare thus, of the film director and major Italian cultural figure Pier Paolo Pasolini's (1922-1975) collection of 15 poems. We were unable to trace other copies in commerce. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 147862
BUKOWSKI, Charles (contrib.); RICHMOND, Steve (ed.) The Earth Rose #1.
Santa Monica : The first and only issue of The Earth Rose, a striking tabloid-style poetry broadside, inscribed by the editor in purple ink on the front page: "10,000 printed 12 people arrested + the war's over Steve Richmond".
The front page carries the inflammatory block-lettered headline "FUCK HATE". Richmond's inscription refers to the resulting police... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 145610
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings. "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 the medium" (Allen, p. 184). The collection, which... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137326
CORYATE, Thomas. Coryat's Crudities:
London : 1776First collected edition of the writings of Thomas Coryate (1577?-1617). The Crudities, describing his tour from London to Venice and back, is his best known work, with many points of historical interest, including his admirable rendering of the story of William Tell (cited as the earliest in English); it is also remembered for the prefatory mock-panegyric... Learn More£1,850.00
Stock Code: 75476
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 is a notably handsome copy in lavish contemporary red morocco.
This... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 138899
CROWLEY, Aleister (trans.); BAUDELAIRE, Charles. Little Poems in Prose.
Paris : 1928First edition of Crowley's translation, first impression, limited issue, number 108 of 800 copies for sale in France, England, and America.
Though the book was not published until 1928, Crowley had the sheets for Little Poems in Prose printed by the Chiswick Press 15 years earlier, in 1913; they remained unbound and in storage until the late... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 148013
TELLIERE, Charles-Constant le (ed.) La nouvelle abeille du parnasse, ou choix de morceaux tirés de nos meilleurs poëtes;
Paris : 1835An attractively bound copy of this anthology of poetry, first published in 1806, for the use of schools. Telliere (1762-1846), a publisher and professor at the University of Paris, was a prolific writer and editor of textbooks. Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 146307
THOMSON, James. The Poetical Works.
Edinburgh : 1780An attractive printed set of JAmes Thomson's (1700-1748) poems, in a nice contemporary binding. His highly influential epic in blank verse The Seasons (pp. 33-230) "showed how the sublimity of Paradise Lost might be reshaped and internalized to suit the intellectual and spiritual concerns of his own age, and thereby prepared the way for Wordsworth"... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146238
GLOVER, Richard. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806An exceedingly attractive set of Glover's works. His epic Leonidas (pp. 17-143 and pp. 5-134) impressed Jonathan Swift, who wrote to Alexander Pope enquiring "who is that Mr. Glover, who writ the Epic Poem called Leonidas, which hath great vogue" (ODNB). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146239
BRITISH POETS - PARK, Thomas (ed.) The Poetical Works of John Scott and T. Warton.
London : 1808 & 1805First edition of volume 39 of the antiquary and bibliographer Thomas Park's (1759-1834) The Works of the British Poets series, attractively bound. John Scott of Amwell (1731-1783) was an anti-militarist Quaker poet, while the historian, critic, and Poet Laureate Thomas Warton (1728-1790) campaigned to get his lifelong friend Samuel Johnson his MA degree... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 146233
AKENSIDE, Mark. The Poetical Works.
London : 1825An attractively bound copy of the poet and physician Akenside's (1721-1770) works, first published in 1772, in small but perfectly legible type. His contemporarily popular poem Pleasures of the Imagination (pp. 2-120) "deeply influenced" Wordsworth and Coleridge; the Romantics were "particularly attracted by the emphasis Akenside placed on the imagination... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 146237
GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Poetical Works
London : 1823An attractive collection of Goldsmith's poems, in a contemporary binding, the text printed small but perfectly legible. "Goldsmith's fame spread to both the European and North American continents. Johann Wolfgang Goethe testified that at the age of twenty, in Strasbourg, he was awakened by The Vicar of Wakefield to create a new field of letters" (ODNB).... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146227
TASSO, Torquato; HOOLE, John (trans.) Jerusalem Delivered; an Heroic Poem.
London : 1809An attractive copy of Tasso's (1544-1595) epic Jerusalem Delivered (1581; this translation published 1763), which presents a mythologized version of the First Crusade. John Hoole (1727-1803) was a prolific translator of Italian literature and a close friend of Samuel Johnson, who helped his "literary career, participating in nearly every publication... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 146225
WHITE, Henry Kirke; SOUTHEY, Robert (ed.) The Remains of Henry Kirke White.
London : 1825A pleasingly bound copy of the literary remains of the Romantic poet Henry Kirke White (1785-1806), posthumously edited by Robert Southey, who corresponded with the author after being impressed by a volume of his poetry. "There is no doubt about the fact that the success of Southey's edition ensured that White's poetry was widely read" (ODNB). Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 146218
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Works.
London : 1834An early pirated collection of Shelley's works; the "most interesting" and "the most fully corrected of all the pirated texts" (Taylor, pp. 26-28). Mary Shelley was able to use the existence of such pirated editions to persuade Sir Timothy, Shelley's father, to allow her to publish her own authoritative edition.
The annotation to the front of... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146153
WALLER, John; C. S. Lewis; Edmund Blunden, & others - DOUGLAS, Keith, & Alec H. Hardie (eds.) Augury. An Oxford Miscellany of Verse & Prose.
Oxford : 1940First edition, first impression, signed five times and annotated by the poet John Waller, and with a publisher's compliments slip laid-in. Waller has signed his two poetic contributions, "Photograph Album" and "Ophelia"; added a barely legible original poem, signed, on the same page; annotated a Keith Douglas translation of Horace; and inscribed his... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 99176
THOMAS, Dylan. Early Prose Writings.
London : 1971First edition, first impression, publisher's file copy with "file" stamps to the verso of the jacket, endpapers, and a few leaves, and with release details penned to the front free endpaper. Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 148622
HOWARD, Robert E. Always Comes Evening.
San Francisco : 1977First illustrated edition (second overall), signed limited edition, number 99 of 206 copies signed by the author on a bookplate and specially bound, issued together with a facsimile of a manuscript by the author of "The Song of Yar Ali Khan", a previously unpublished poem which does not appear in the book; there were also 2,500 copies bound in cloth.
Robert... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146718
OLIVER, Mary. Winter Hours.
Boston & New York : 1999First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. Winter Hours is Oliver's fourteenth book of poems, which which she "communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable" (Miami Herald); also included are Oliver's essays on some of her favourite poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edgar Allen Poe, and Robert Frost.
Mary... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146951
WHITMAN, Walt. Good-Bye My Fancy.
Philadelphia : 1891First edition, sole printing, in BAL binding variant D (occasionally noted as a large paper variant) with the frontispiece without the caption as called for in style 1 by Myerson. 1,000 copies of this separate issue of Whitman's "annex to Leaves of Grass" were printed in May 1891. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118775
OLIVER, Mary (contrib.); AMERICAN POETRY SOCIETY. Songs of Youth.
Los Angeles : 1953First edition, first printing, of this anthology of poems by students across America, which includes a juvenile piece by Mary Oliver (1935-2019) at the age of 18, titled "Lament" (p. 36); it appears never to have been republished.
Oliver won the Pulitzer prize in 1984 and the National Book Award in 1992. Primarily a poet of nature, she lived... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146735
KEATS, John; BUCKLAND-WRIGHT, John (illus.) Endymion.
London : 1947First edition thus, number 63 of 100 copies specially bound and signed by the illustrator, from a total edition of 500 copies.
This sumptuous edition was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement on 3 April 1948 with the note that "the imperial octavo format (as large as a small seventeenth-century folio) preserves the proportions of the original... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 149303
FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : 1899An attractive early edition of Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát, in an exquisite Zaehnsdorf exhibition binding, which rather than necessitating it was actually exhibited, means that it was bound to "exhibition standard", that is, applying the highest quality standards in the choice of materials, and execution of the forwarding and finishing.
Fitzgerald's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 148266
AUDEN, W. H. For the Time Being.
London : 1945First UK edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, his printed name struck through. This volume, first published in the US the previous year, comprises the long poems For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio and The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 147795
ELIOT, T. S. The Waste Land.
Richmond : 1923First UK edition in book form, sole impression, one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs, with the title label in the first state with asterisks (one of three states noted by Gallup, with no priority). The blue marbled paper for the boards are generally thought to have been prepared by Vanessa Bell. This is a fine association copy, with the... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 145515
AUDEN, W. H. For the Time Being.
London : 1945First UK edition, first impression. This volume, first published in the US the previous year, comprises the long poems For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio and The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest. Learn More£45.00
Stock Code: 147901
POUND Ezra, & Marcella Spann. Confucius to Cummings.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, one of 2,300 copies bound in cloth. This volume encompasses poetry from across the ages hand-selected by Ezra Pound for "idle pleasure" or for use in the classroom. Beginning with Pound's own translations of Confucius, readers are treated with selections from the likes of Homer, Shakespeare, and Burns, ending with E. E.... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 148094
OMAR KHAYYÁM; BRANGWYN, Frank (illus.) Rubáiyát.
London & Edinburgh : 1919First edition thus, deluxe issue, one of 350 unnumbered copies printed on handmade paper. Rubáiyáts with illustrations by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) were published from 1906 onwards, of which this edition is the most comprehensive and elaborate, with seven illustrations by Brangwyn reproduced for the first time.
The text of this edition, Fitzgerald's... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147887
OMAR KHAYYÁM; NICOLAS, J. B. (trans.) Les quatrains.
Paris : 1867First French edition, with the original wrappers bound in. The translator, Jean Baptiste Nicolas (1814-1875) was chief interpreter at the French Embassy in Persia in 1867. His translation appears here complete for the first time; a selection of fifty quatrains had previously appeared, as a reprint of an article in Révue de l'Orient, de l'Algérie et... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147891
OMAR KHAYYÁM; BALFOUR, Ronald (illus.) Rubáiyát.
London : 1920First Balfour edition, in the scarce dust jacket; there was also a cloth edition. This flamboyant Jazz Age rendering is one of the most striking editions of the Rubáiyát. It is illustrated by the little-known Ronald Balfour (1896-1941), who here combines the eroticism and grotesquerie of Beardsley with elements of Kay Nielsen and art deco. Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 147892
OMAR KHAYYÁM; BRANGWYN, Frank (illus.) Rubáiyát.
London & Edinburgh : 1920An attractive copy of the Brangwyn-illustrated Rubáiyát, with the scarce dust jacket. Rubáiyáts with illustrations by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) were published from 1906 onwards; this edition is a reprint of the most comprehensive and elaborate, first published in 1919.
The text of this edition, Fitzgerald's translation, first published in... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 147893
GLÜCK, Louise. The House on Marshland.
New York : 1975First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the dedication page verso: "for Stuart with all warm wishes Louise". The House on Marshland is the second book of poems by Louise Glück (b. 1943), who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2020. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147932
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Corsair,
London : 1814First edition, second issue, in a superb contemporary binding. The Corsair was an immediate success on publication, selling an unprecedented 10,000 copies on the first day of its release.
The second issue was extended to 108 pages to accommodate six additional poems, from 100 pages in the first issue; however, Wise notes that after p. 100 had... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147946
OMAR KHAYYÁM; FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.) Rubáiyát;
London : 1879An attractive copy of the fourth edition of Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát, a masterpiece of English literature; it was first published in 1859.
By the early 1900s, many of Fitzgerald's phrases had entered the common stock of English quotations and allusions; a growing "cult of the Rubáiyát" found expression in "the Omar Khayyám... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 147869
OMAR KHAYYÁM; FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.) Rubáiyát
London : 1906A handsomely bound copy of Fitzgerald's translation of the Rubáiyát.
First published in 1859, his translation slowly gained recognition as a masterpiece of English literature. By the early 1900s, many of Fitzgerald's phrases had entered the common stock of English quotations and allusions; a growing "cult of the Rubáiyát" found expression... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 147871
OMAR KHAYYÁM; PAYNE, John (trans.) The Quatrains.
London : 1898First Payne edition, deluxe issue, number 560 of an unknown limitation. The translator of this edition, John Payne (1842-1916), was a poet and friend of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
Payne took an interest in limited edition publishing, and co-founded the Villon Society with a small circle of friends in order to publish his translations of the works... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 147878
OMAR KHAYYÁM; HANSCOM, Adelaide, & Blanche Cumming (illus.) The Rubáiyát.
New York : 1912First edition thus. Originally published in 1905 with black-and-white lithographic plates, this edition of the Rubáiyát is lavishly illustrated in colour by Adelaide Hanscom Leeson (1875-1931), one of the first artists to use photography to illustrate literary works. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147880