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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. 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

  2. Parallèlement.
    CHIMOT, Édouard (illus.); VERLAINE, Paul. Parallèlement.

    Paris : 1931

    First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.

    Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine quality art-printed books.... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 132689

  3. The Serious Poems.
    CHIVERS BINDING - HOOD, Thomas. The Serious Poems.

    London : 1901

    Signed limited edition, number 19 of 30 copies on Japanese vellum signed by the illustrator. A beautiful example of Chivers's vellucent technique, which he developed in the early 1900s. In contrast to the earlier method used by Edwards of Halifax, the painting was not done on the underside of the transparent vellum, but on paper which was attached to... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 99343

  4. 144629
    CLARE, John. The Rural Muse.

    London : 1835

    First edition, first impression, of Clare's final collection, which is rare in the original cloth. It includes some of Clare's best-known poems such as "The Skylark" and "The Yellowhammer's Nest". Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 144629

  5. Faust.
    CLARKE, Harry (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    London : 1927

    Signed limited edition, number 910 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 125665

  6. 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

  7. Poems.
    CLOUGH, Arthur Hugh. Poems.

    Cambridge : 1862

    First edition thus, presentation copy, inscribed by the author's wife (Blanche Mary Clough, née Shore-Smith), on the half-title, "With Mrs. Clough's kind regards". With an additional inscription by its recipient below noting the date of its receipt, "Rec. 6th August 1862, sent to me at Chew Magna, C. L. Rose". This posthumous memorial issue (Clough... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 117878

  8. Poems.
    CLOUGH, Arthur Hugh. Poems.

    London : 1890

    A choicely bound copy. Learn More
    £95.00

    Stock Code: 101683

  9. Simpson's Choice.
    CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed, this copy is unnumbered but marked "Review Copy", and bears the pencil ownership inscription of the journalist and author Richard Ellis Roberts (1879-1953), to the front free endpaper.

    Roberts was "for a few years from 1928, literary editor of the New Statesman, and a relatively undistinguished... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 143062

  10. Simpson's Choice.
    CLUTTON-BROCK, Arthur. Simpson's Choice.

    London : 1915

    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed (this copy unnumbered). Simpson's Choice was the first work to be published at the Omega Workshop, which was founded in July 1913, and was to be one of only four books completed by the press.

    The original prospectus (not present here) stated the intention of this enterprise, declaring... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 141226

  11. Night and the Cat.
    COATSWORTH, Elizabeth. Night and the Cat.

    New York : 1950

    First edition, first printing. Learn More
    £475.00

    Stock Code: 63472

  12. Love's Universe and the Calendar. Sonnet-Sequences.
    COCKERILL, Sir George. Love's Universe and the Calendar. Sonnet-Sequences.

    1931

    First edition. This copy inscribed on the front pastedown: "To Elton Cockerill with every good wish from his uncle George, October 1934." Unusual, and seemingly self-published, sequence of highly-polished poems by a long-time intelligence officer, one of the most innovative thinkers in British intelligence in World War I, head of M. O. 5, inventor... Learn More
    £145.00

    Stock Code: 59749

  13. Facsimile of Codex Manesse.
    CODEX MANESSE. Facsimile of Codex Manesse.

    Leipzig : 1925-27

    Limited edition facsimile, number 3 of 320 copies. The Codex Manesse, compiled c.1304-40, is the single most comprehensive source for Middle High German poetry, and among the most widely esteemed of all German manuscripts, renowned for the beauty of its illustration. A triumph of early 20th-century reproduction, this facsimile is remarkably accurate,... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 137734

  14. Staffrider. Volume 1 number 1.
    COETZEE, J. M. (contrib.) Staffrider. Volume 1 number 1.

    Braamfontein : 1978

    First issue, prepublication proof for the first issue of this important liberal apartheid-era literary periodical. This trial state represents the earliest manifestation of one of the more successful literary journals, dedicated to printing writing "by and for South Africans of all races and classes". Coetzee contributes a poem - this being one of very... Learn More
    £850.00

    Stock Code: 107876

  15. Gnaoua.
    COHEN, Ira (ed.) Gnaoua.

    Tangier : 1964

    First and only issue of this legendary literary magazine, and an exceptionally vivid copy.

    Gnaoua was edited and published by the poet, photographer, and filmmaker Ira Cohen. Reflecting the expatriate Beat community in Tangier to which Cohen had moved three years prior, Gnaoua features contributions from William Burroughs, Ian Sommerville, Brion... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 144603

  16. The Crooked World.
    COLE, G. D. H. The Crooked World.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp on the half-title. A collection of verses by the socialist intellectual, including two entitled "Hail, Hitler!" and "The Nazi Declares His Creed". Learn More
    £40.00

    Stock Code: 96201

  17. The Poetical Works.
    COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1828

    First collected edition, one of 300 copies; there were also 12 copies printed on large paper. J. Dykes Campbell, later a biographer of Coleridge, wrote in 1888 that his copy of this edition "must be a rare book... from whatever cause, its scarcity is incontestable" (The Athenaeum, p. 307).

    Coleridge was unhappy with the work, which was succeeded,... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 147753

  18. Poems on Various Subjects.
    COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. Poems on Various Subjects.

    London : 1796

    First edition of Coleridge's first collection of poetry, preceding the Lyrical Ballads by two years, and also including four sonnets by Charles Lamb marking his first publication in book form.

    The collection sold well enough for a second edition to appear the following year, which the author revised; in his later fame, Coleridge disavowed the... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 143174

  19. Wild Earth.
    COLUM, Padraic. Wild Earth.

    1909

    Second edition, with additions. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the half title page, "To Mrs. Jack Yeats from Padraic Colum May 1912". Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 44894

  20. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.
    COPE, Wendy. Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis.

    London : 1986

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the title page to the poet and counterculture figure, Felix Dennis (1947-2014) "To Felix from a poet who enjoys your work, Wendy Cope", and with Dennis's bookplate to the front pastedown. This is a lovely association copy. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 147945

  21. Poems.
    CORNFORD, Frances. Poems.

    Hampstead : [1910]

    First edition, first impression, of Cornford's second book, following the rare Holtbury Idyll (1908), and first poetry collection, including her poem "Youth", later titled "On Rupert Brooke", as well as the notorious "To a Fat Lady Seen from a Train", which became a much anthologized (and parodied) piece.

    Frances Cornford (1886-1960, née Frances... Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 144493

  22. Coryat's Crudities:
    CORYATE, Thomas. Coryat's Crudities:

    London : 1776

    First 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

  23. The Genuine Poetical Works;
    COTTON, Charles. The Genuine Poetical Works;

    London : 1741

    Fourth collected edition of Cotton's poetical works (first 1715), with his burlesque, often scatological verse conjoined with suitably licentious plates. Cotton's works were popular in the period, undergoing many editions. "Cotton's later reputation has had its vicissitudes. In the eighteenth century he was renowned for burlesque and his lyrical poetry... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 136198

  24. The Collected Poems.
    CRANE, Hart. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1938

    First UK edition, first impression. Originally published by Liveright in the US in 1933. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 89802

  25. The Black Riders and Other Lines.
    CRANE, Stephen. The Black Riders and Other Lines.

    Boston : 1895

    First edition, deluxe issue, one of 50 copies printed in green on japon. The Black Riders is first book of poetry by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), famous for his novels such as his acclaimed Civil War tale The Red Badge of Courage, published in the same year as this collection. Crane was a prolific writer of poetry, though only in private at first, writing... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 117295

  26. Red Skeletons.
    CROSBY, Harry. Red Skeletons.

    Paris : 1927

    First edition, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to the Belgian author and artist "For Jean Bosschère, from Harry" with a doodle of a black sun; number 345 of 333 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder Zonen, from a total edition of 370 copies.

    Jean de Bosschère (1878-1953) fled Belgium at the start of the First World War and moved... Learn More
    £3,500.00

    Stock Code: 148838

  27. Transit of Venus.
    CROSBY, Harry. Transit of Venus.

    Paris : 1992

    Second edition, first printing, of Crosby's poems. This edition, preceded by the 1928 edition limited to 44 copies, was printed in the summer 1929, a few months only before the author's tragic death in December of that year, when he was found shot dead in the same bed as Josephine, "The Fire Princess", one of his many lovers.

    Harry Crosby (1898-1929)... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 148474

  28. Sonnets For Caresse.
    CROSBY, Harry. Sonnets For Caresse.

    Paris : 7 October 1926

    The most complete edition of Crosby's first book, the third overall, number 23 of 100 copies on Arches paper (there were also 7 issued on japon, and one on vellum). This copy, which is in beautiful condition with the original wrappers bound into the hand-painted vellum binding as issued, is a presentation copy, inscribed by Harry Crosby to Helenka Adamowski... Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 144892

  29. War Poems.
    CROSLAND, T. W. H. "X". War Poems.

    London : 1916

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of First World War poetry by T. W. H. Crosland. Crosland is notable as a fanatical Christian homophobe, who helped the hysterical hypocrite Lord Alfred Douglas to hound the supporters of Oscar Wilde, such as Robert Ross and Arthur Ransom, in the courts. He ghost-wrote Douglas's memoir Oscar Wilde and... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 102971

  30. A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).
    CUALA PRESS: YEATS, W. B., & Dorothy Wellesley (eds.) A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).

    Dublin : March 1937

    First edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Three Bushes" was first published just two months prior in The London Mercury.

    The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of the year in a smaller edition. The first series ran from... Learn More
    £250.00

    Stock Code: 140544

  31. Original oil portrait of his wife Marion.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Original oil portrait of his wife Marion.

    [No location : 1930s]

    A small but enchanting portrait by Cummings of the love of his life Marion Morehouse (1903-1969), who frequently modelled for his artworks, often nude though captured here with remarkable tenderness. They were together for 30 years, from their first meeting in 1932 (she was onstage) to his death 30 years later. Morehouse was a great beauty, and modelled... Learn More
    £2,500.00

    Stock Code: 145262

  32. Him.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Him.

    New York : 1927

    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, number 97 of 160 copies only, signed by Cummings on the limitation page. Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 145690

  33. Eimi.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Eimi.

    New York : 1933

    First 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... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 138117

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

    London : 1930

    First edition, one of 150 copies, this one unnumbered. Learn More
    £600.00

    Stock Code: 137307

  35. Man-Ship-Tank-Gun-Plane.
    CUNARD, Nancy. Man-Ship-Tank-Gun-Plane.

    London : 1944

    First edition, one of 400 copies, here out of series, as often for this title. Cunard left London during the second Blitz of 1944, staying with her fellow left-wing poets Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland in Dorset. While there she wrote the present poem, dedicated to Edward Thompson. In her modernist style, Cunard evokes the terror of experiencing... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 136389

  36. Timepieces.
    CUSACK, Cyril. Timepieces.

    Dublin : 1970

    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Barbara, with good memories and affection, Cyril Cusack". Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 74811

  37. Jonah.
    DADELSEN, Jean-Paul de. Jonah.

    London : 1967

    Limited edition, number 3 of 100 copies signed by the translator. This translation of the French post-war poet's posthumously published book of verse is part of the Poetry Europe series. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 90861

  38. Jonah.
    DADELSEN, Jean-Paul de. Jonah.

    London : 1967

    Limited edition, number 2 of 100 copies signed by Edward Lucie-Smith and with his presentation inscription, "Stanley, parlez-vous français? Best, Ted." This translation of the French post-war poet's posthumously published book of verse is part of the Poetry Europe series. Learn More
    £75.00

    Stock Code: 90860

  39. Dirty Beasts.
    DAHL, Roald. Dirty Beasts.

    London : 1983

    Proof copy of the first edition, with publisher's stamp "proof copy only" in black on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £275.00

    Stock Code: 125263

  40. Rhyme Stew.
    DAHL, Roald. Rhyme Stew.

    London : 1989

    First edition, fourth impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the half-title, "Happy Birthday Colin, Roald, 12 Feb. 1990". The recipients was Colin Ross-Munro. Colin's wife, Jan, was an old friend of Dahl's second wife, Liccy. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 118340

  41. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. A Translation of the Inferno, in English Verse.

    Dublin : 1785

    First 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

  42. La divina commedia.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.

    Milan : 1832

    Dante's masterpiece, in the original Italian, presented here in a small, pleasing set. Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 145860

  43. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

    London : 1819

    Second and best edition of one of the most important translations of Dante of the Romantic era, following the very scarce first edition which appeared in 1814 in such a diminutive format that it was barely legible.

    "In January 1797 Cary began his translation of Dante's Divina commedia into blank verse. He started with the Purgatorio in 1797-8,... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 146519

  44. La divina commedia.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.

    London : 1808-09

    First Zotti edition, a handsomely bound set of Dante's Divine Comedy in the original Italian.

    Romualdo Zotti (d. 1819) was an Italian expatriate in London, a teacher of Italian to young noble women and a printer. Zotti produced highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar, as well as editions of Italian poets. Zotti's interest in the education... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 147655

  45. The Divina Commedia,
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Divina Commedia,

    London : 1802

    First 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

  46. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

    London : 1819

    Second and best edition of one of the most important translations of Dante of the Romantic era, following the very scarce first edition which appeared in 1814 in such a diminutive format that it was barely legible. When found, copies of this larger format edition are more usually seen rebound or with repair - this example survives unmolested in attractive... Learn More
    £2,000.00

    Stock Code: 139500

  47. Dante's Inferno.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI; PHILLIPS, Tom, illus. & trans. Dante's Inferno.

    London : 1985

    First 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

  48. The Poetical Works.
    DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1806

    First 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

  49. 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

  50. Songs of Childhood.
    DE LA MARE, Walter, as Walter Ramal. Songs of Childhood.

    New York & Bombay : 1902

    First edition, first impression, of de la Mare's first book. This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), a Danish-American Hollywood actor known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection in America of Andersen's work.

    A Songs of Childhood is a collection... Learn More
    £125.00

    Stock Code: 149065

  51. PN2 experiment flipbook, nos 2 & 5.
    DEPEW, Wally (ed.) PN2 experiment flipbook, nos 2 & 5.

    Scranton, PA : [c.1964-1966]

    Two rare flipbooks of avant-garde mimeo-art/concrete poetry issued by the Poetry Newsletter, which was published by Pennsylvania native Wally Depew in the mid-1960s and ran through 12 issues. The somewhat tongue-in-cheek "Bibliography" for each flipbook includes the Works of Rabelais, "Eadweard" Muybridge's Human Figure in Motion, John Cage's Silence,... Learn More
    £500.00

    Stock Code: 135171

  52. Hawk on the Wind.
    DERLETH, August. Hawk on the Wind.

    Philadelphia : 1938

    First edition, first printing, of the author's first poetry collection. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Harold J. Bailey. 'The reaches of my heart are: tree, petal, like snow and man below'. Cordially, August Derleth August 12, '39". Learn More
    £225.00

    Stock Code: 129656

  53. Here on a Darkling Plain.
    DERLETH, August. Here on a Darkling Plain.

    Philadelphia : 1940

    First edition, first printing, the publisher's copy inscribed to him by Derleth, "To Bill McElwee, who bears stolidly with me - Cordially, August Derleth", additionally inscribed with three lines of poetry "The lost child / less than the dry leaf that blows / along the walls. May 1940". The recipient was the publisher at Ritten House, William J. McElwee.... Learn More
    £450.00

    Stock Code: 114741

  54. Here on a Darkling Plain.
    DERLETH, August. Here on a Darkling Plain.

    Philadelphia : 1940

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed with an original poem to the publisher's wife, with the inscription on the front free endpaper reading "To Laura McElwee, Cordially, August Derleth, May 1940" and the poem "The lost child, / less than the dry leaf blown / along the walls". The recipient was the wife of Ritten House publisher... Learn More
    £375.00

    Stock Code: 114742

  55. Intercessions.
    DEVLIN, Denis. Intercessions.

    London : 1937

    First edition, first impression. One of 300 copies, of which the first 25 are lettered and signed by the author. This is copy F. Learn More
    £725.00

    Stock Code: 97054

  56. The Water-Bug's Mittens.
    DICKEY, James. The Water-Bug's Mittens.

    Bloomfield Hills, Michigan : 1980

    Signed limited edition, number 146 of 350 copies signed by Dickey. The Water-Bug's Mittens was first published the previous year following James Dickey's Fifth Annual Pound Lecture on the evening of 26 April 1979 at the University of Idaho. Learn More
    £150.00

    Stock Code: 148463

  57. The Zodiac.
    DICKEY, James. The Zodiac.

    Bloomfield Hills, MI : 1976

    First 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

  58. The Strength of Fields.
    DICKEY, James. The Strength of Fields.

    New York : 1979

    First Edition, First Printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "to Peter Viereck in memory of Firenze and Certosz and with great warmth and admiration from James Dickey October 25th 1980". The recipient was the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and conservative critic and political commentator. Learn More
    £200.00

    Stock Code: 38560

  59. Pomarrosas.
    DIEGO, José de. Pomarrosas.

    Barcelona : 1904

    First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the photographic portrait plate, "Al Sr. Paul Osgood Hardy, en homenaje da simpatia, José de Diego, San Juan - P.R. Enero 2 de 1914" (2 January 1914). The recipient, Osgood Paul Hardy (1889-1955), was a Californian explorer and author of several studies of the Incas and Peru; he served as interpreter... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 118072

  60. Paradoxes and Problems.
    DONNE, John. Paradoxes and Problems.

    Soho : 1923

    First Nonesuch edition, one of 645 copies printed in the Fell types on handmade paper, this copy out of series and marked "Hilda's copy" in ink by the printer, Francis Meynell (1891-1975). Hilda Peppercorn (1886-1962), a concert pianist (performing as Hilda Saxe), was Meynell's first wife. Learn More
    £300.00

    Stock Code: 148122

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