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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. Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets.

    Leipzig : 1910

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139564

  2. Bright November.
    AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.

    London : [1947]

    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

    Stock Code: 139744

  3. Swift Wings. Songs in Sussex.
    [NEUBURG, Victor Benjamin.] Swift Wings. Songs in Sussex.

    Steyning : 1921

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139457

  4. A Draft of XXX Cantos.
    POUND, Ezra. A Draft of XXX Cantos.

    Paris : 1930

    First 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... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139520

  5. The Poems.
    FLORENCE PRESS: KEATS, John. The Poems.

    London : 1915

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139533

  6. Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
    BRITISH POETS. Aldine Edition of the British Poets.

    London : 1831-1852

    A 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

    Stock Code: 139248

  7. Tarcissus: The Boy Martyr of Rome,
    ROLFE, Frederick William, Baron Corvo. Tarcissus: The Boy Martyr of Rome,

    [Saffron Walden : 1880

    First edition of the author's first book, a prize rarity in the Corvo corpus, this copy with a richly appropriate provenance: from the libraries of Christopher Millard, A. T. Bartholomew, and Robert Scoble. Only two other copies of this title have appeared at auction in over 35 years, one the Bradley Martin copy in 1990.

    The copy is inscribed... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139376

  8. A Season in Hell.
    (MAPPLETHORPE, Robert.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.

    [New York] : 1986

    First 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

    Stock Code: 139013

  9. The Works.
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Works.

    London : 1884 & 1893

    An 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

    Stock Code: 139099

  10. The Works of the English Poets.
    JOHNSON, Samuel, ed. The Works of the English Poets.

    London : 1779-1780

    A 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

    Stock Code: 138778

  11. Gaudete.
    HUGHES, Ted. Gaudete.

    London : 1977

    First 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

    Stock Code: 119994

  12. Tales From Ovid.
    HUGHES, Ted. Tales From Ovid.

    London : 1998

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 155 of 300 copies signed by Ted Hughes on the limitation leaf. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More

    Stock Code: 135386

  13. 142281comp
    FREEMAN, Kathleen. The Work and Life of Solon.

    Cardiff : 1926

    First 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

    Stock Code: 142281

  14. 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

    Stock Code: 136911

  15. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn : 1855

    First 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

    Stock Code: 135889

  16. Rubaiyat.
    OMAR KHAYYAM; FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyat.

    London : [1911]

    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, one of the most lavish editions of the Rubáiyát.

    The prestigious London bindery Sangorski and Sutcliffe made a speciality of fabulous bindings.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142428

  17. Notes toward a Supreme Fiction.
    STEVENS, Wallace. Notes toward a Supreme Fiction.

    Cummington, MA : 1942

    First 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

    Stock Code: 142340

  18. Poems.
    BERRYMAN, John. Poems.

    Norfolk, CT : 1942

    First 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... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142347

  19. The Appreciation of Poetry.
    PAUL, Eden & Cedar. The Appreciation of Poetry.

    London : 1920

    First 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

    Stock Code: 140810

  20. Poems.
    BERRYMAN, John. Poems.

    Norfolk, CT : 1942

    First 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

    Stock Code: 142345

  21. Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.
    DU FU. Wanderer and Minstrel Under Moons of Cathay.

    Portland, Maine : April 1929

    First 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

    Stock Code: 142115

  22. Love Respelt Again.
    GRAVES, Robert. Love Respelt Again.

    New York : 1969

    First US edition, number 893 of 1,000 copies signed by Graves. Reproduces fifty of Graves' poems in manuscript form. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141047

  23. Anno Forty Two.
    HARRISON, Tony. Anno Forty Two.

    [London] : 1987

    Signed limited edition, number 25 of 50 copies signed by Tony Harrison and the printer-designer Michael Caine. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141041

  24. 140846
    FENTON, James. Children In Exile.

    Edinburgh : 1983

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140846

  25. 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

    Stock Code: 138899

  26. Poems.
    BARRETT BROWNING, Elizabeth. Poems.

    London : 1850

    First 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

    Stock Code: 132112

  27. The Fire Gap.
    HARRISON, Tony. The Fire Gap.

    Newcastle upon Tyne : 1985

    First trade edition. Inscribed by Harrison on the title page: "Tony Harrison, for Christopher 29.10.91". Appealingly designed by Caine. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141040

  28. Primeros poemos de amor.
    NERUDA, Pablo. Primeros poemos de amor.

    Madrid : 1936

    First 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,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 142298

  29. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
    (GONNE, Maud, illus.) YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.

    Dublin : 1910

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137680

  30. Designs for Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray.
    GRAY, Thomas. Designs for Mr. R. Bentley for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray.

    London : 1765

    Fourth 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

    Stock Code: 142136

  31. The Winding Stair and other poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair and other poems.

    London : 1933

    First 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

    Stock Code: 119643

  32. The Note-Book.
    BLAKE, William. The Note-Book.

    London : 1935

    First 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

    Stock Code: 142098

  33. The Viking Portable Library.
    PARKER, Dorothy. The Viking Portable Library.

    New York : 1945

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141988

  34. 141861
    BOWLES, Fred. G. In the Wake of the Sun: A Book of Verse.

    London : 1899

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141861

  35. The Golden Hind.
    SPARE, Austin Osman, & Clifford Bax (eds.) The Golden Hind.

    London : April 1924

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141840

  36. 141846
    A. E. [George William Russell.] The Earth Breath and Other Poems.

    New York and London : 1897

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141846

  37. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.
    OMAR KHAYYÁM. One Hundred Quatrains from the Rubáiyát.

    Worcester, Mass. : 1910

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141753

  38. Citoyens.
    TRANSTROMER, Tomas. Citoyens.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire : 1974

    First 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

    Stock Code: 141215

  39. 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

    Stock Code: 130070

  40. Facing Nature.
    UPDIKE, John. Facing Nature.

    New York : 1985

    First edition, first printing, of Updike's seventh collection of poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 128336

  41. 141017
    GRAVES, Robert. Contemporary Techniques of Poetry.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141017

  42. Poems 1930-1933.
    GRAVES, Robert. Poems 1930-1933.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140726

  43. 140750
    DOYLE, Arthur Conan. The Guards Came Through.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of poetry, comprising largely of poems relating to war. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140750

  44. Pax Obbligato.
    MARKS, Herbert H. Pax Obbligato.

    London : [1937]

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140716

  45. 140600
    PUDNEY, John. Beyond the Disregard.

    London : 1943

    First edition, first impression, of the author's second collection of poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140600

  46. Lord Alfred Douglas.
    DOUGLAS, Lord Alfred - STOPES, Marie Carmichael. Lord Alfred Douglas.

    London : 1949

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140590

  47. 140591
    WYNDHAM-LEWIS, D. B. Ronsard.

    London : 1946

    First UK edition, third impression, of the author's biography of the French Renaissance poet Pierre de Ronsard (1524-1585). The first edition was published in the US and UK simultaneously, with the first impression appearing in 1944. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140591

  48. 140494
    GRAVES, Robert. Steps.

    London : 1958

    First edition, first impression of this collection of writings. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140494

  49. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
    NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.

    London : 1966

    First edition in English of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular genius for bringing world-class... Learn More

    Stock Code: 132730

  50. Poems.
    THOMAS, Dylan. Poems.

    New York : 1971

    First US edition, first printing, the editor Daniel Jones's own copy with the publisher's note to that effect, inscribed by him to his wife on the front free endpaper, "To Irene, with love from Dan. 23rd November 1971". Also included are a long autograph letter signed from poet Edith Sitwell to Daniel Jones, dated 22 March 1954 and concerning the music... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140659

  51. Hebrew Melodies; [bound after:] Lara, a Tale.
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Hebrew Melodies; [bound after:] Lara, a Tale.

    London : 1815

    First edition, first issue of Hebrew Melodies, marking the first appearance in print of "She Walks in Beauty", among the most famous poems in the English language. Hebrew Melodies is bound after the fifth edition of Lara, which was first published in 1814. John Murray published Byron's poems in a uniform size, and it was common for contemporary owners... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131641

  52. The Bridge
    CRANE, Hart; EVANS, Walker (illus.) The Bridge

    Paris : 1930

    First edition, first impression, number 89 of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker Evans. Harold Bloom... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135122

  53. Autograph manuscript draft poem, "To W.S."
    BEERBOHM, Max. Autograph manuscript draft poem, "To W.S."

    June 1914

    A choice Beerbohm manuscript, a deft sonnet in honour of the painter Walter Sickert (1860-1942), invoking Whistler and other figures of Max's youth, and the music halls "The Hoxton Palace of Varieties" and reflecting upon the passage of time and enduring presence of Sickert, who was in 1914 working in experimental modes as painter and essayist. Sickert... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135882

  54. Ruins and Visions.
    SPENDER, Stephen. Ruins and Visions.

    London : 1942

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy of a work rarely found inscribed, to his lifelong friend and fellow poet W. H. Auden on the half-title, "To Wystan, with love from Stephen. March 1942".

    This is a key association, inscribed using Auden's first name, which was reserved for friends. Auden was a major influence on Spender: "A pontiff... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139371

  55. The Singing Heart.
    BELBEN, May. The Singing Heart.

    Bournemouth : 1928

    First edition, second impression, signed by the author on front free endpaper verso, "from May Belben, Dec. 1928" and with a note on her own stationery inscribed, "with all good wishes from May Belben" (letterhead Forest Hill, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset). A charming little volume printed on enamel paper; nature poetry of "simple sentiment" illustrated... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141508

  56. Murder in the Cathedral.
    ELIOT, T. S. Murder in the Cathedral.

    Canterbury : 1935

    First edition, first impression, one of 750 copies published May 1935 for sale at the first production of the play in Canterbury Cathedral. The text of the Faber & Faber edition, which was published in June, was slightly altered. The true first edition is now quite scarce, and this is a near-fine example. Learn More

    Stock Code: 141449

  57. The Poetical Works.
    MILTON, John. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1809

    Second Todd edition, here "with considerable additions", following the first of 1801, the major revision being to the "thorough biographical study of Milton" (ODNB) that appears in volume I. Todd's edition was the standard text for fifty years. A handsomely bound set. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137760

  58. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
    JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.

    Hyderabad : 1935

    First edition, no other copy traced. Group of poems on Islamic themes dedicated to Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar - "The Premier Muslim Ruler in India". Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur (1871-1955)was an Arab-Indian poet, lawyer and bibliophile. In 1887 he became a student at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a B.A. and LL.B... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140973

  59. Poetical Pieces.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Poetical Pieces.

    London : 1823

    First edition, an exquisite copy in a rare and highly unusual contemporary binding, of this posthumous gathering of unsold first editions of Shelley's major works, comprising Prometheus Unbound (1820), Hellas (1822), and Rosalind and Helen (1819), as well as the first London edition, second overall, of The Cenci (1821). These titles include among their... Learn More

    Stock Code: 111619

  60. A Child's Garden of Verses.
    STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses.

    London : 1885

    First edition, one of 1,000 copies published. Learn More

    Stock Code: 132801

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