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HALLIWELL, James Orchard. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:
London : 1849First edition of this important little work; scarce in commerce. James Orchard Halliwell (later Halliwell-Philipps, 1820-1889), antiquary and literary scholar, co-founder of both the Percy and Shakespeare Societies, is one of the most significant figures in the codification of English nursery rhymes. Popular Rhymes was a sequel to his groundbreaking... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136692
BACON, Mary Ann. The Legend of St. Bernard.
Norwich : First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Howlett from her affectionate friend MAB". We can trace ten copies in institutions worldwide, just one of those a presentation copy, inscribed from the author's father (see below).
The little-known British poet Mary Ann Bacon (fl. 1839-1870, d. 1875) was born into... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 136220
ORTON, I. R. The Dreamer and the Sheaves,
London : 1955First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to the title page, "To Alan Guest, best wishes from I. R. Orton". Loosely inserted in this copy are two letters to the editor of Stand magazine and poet Jon Silkin, one in manuscript, dated 27 November 1954; the second typed and signed in manuscript. Alongside the letters Orton has sent... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 136259
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.
Paris : 1829First edition of the first anthology of the Romantic writers, also comprising the first collected edition of the poems of John Keats. Each poet is prefaced with a memoir, that of Shelley incorporating Mary Shelley's preface to his Posthumous Poems. Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 136066
MEREDITH, George. Poems.
London : First edition of the author's first book, the publication of which he funded himself. Though he later disowned the work, it was praised at the time by both Tennyson and Charles Kingsley. Learn More£825.00
Stock Code: 130288
DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.
London : 1808-9First Zotti edition. Romualdo Zotti (d. c.1819) was an Italian expatriate who acted as a teacher of Italian for young noble women as well as being a printer, producing highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar as well as editions of Italian poets such as Petrarch. Zotti's focus upon the education of the English upper classes is indicated by... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 124978
CRANE, Stephen. The Black Riders and Other Lines.
Boston : 1895First 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
HODGSON, William Hope. The Calling of the Sea.
London : First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103030
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney and the Saint.
Loughcrew : 1982First edition, one of 125 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids on the title page: "To Roy, with love and happy memories at Christmas, Seamus & Marie & the boys & Catherine Ann." The poem was privately printed for use by the author as his Christmas card for 1982. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 103121
COHEN, Leonard. Selected Poems 1956-1968.
New York : 1968First edition, first printing, clothbound issue, review copy with publisher's slip loosely inserted. Cohen's poetry collection includes "Suzanne Takes You Down" (additionally printed on the rear of the jacket), which had been set to music and performed as Cohen's debut single the previous year. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 138845
TOLKIEN, J. R. R., & E. V. Gordon, eds. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Oxford : 1925First edition, first impression. A scholarly edition of the Middle English alliterative romance, the text is reproduced from the original 14th-century manuscript (now held at the British Library) with copious notes, details and glossaries by Tolkien and Gordon, which "opened new fields of study and which remained standard, in revised form, throughout... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 138787
BLAKE, William. Milton: A Poem.
Clairvaux : 1967First edition thus, copy S of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, containing an original guide-sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages in the stencil work, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 115042
WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
San Francisco : 1930First Grabhorn Press edition, number 371 of 400 copies. The largest undertaking of the Grabhorn Press, arguably their finest production, and one of the great examples of American fine printing, using as its text Whitman's final edition of Leaves of Grass, published shortly before his death. Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 138793
ISAAC, Frederick Simeon? Odds and Ends in Prose and Verse.
London : 1908First and only edition. A truly sumptuous piece of private publishing, produced as a gift for the author's children and grandchildren, handsomely printed at the Chiswick Press and finely bound by an unnamed binder of real quality.
Among the varied pieces is "A Dream, by One who Dreamt It", a prose fantasy, conceived at the time of the Dreyfus... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 122897
(APOLLINAIRE.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.
Lanzac : 1944First and only edition, number 93 of 115 copies on papier Vélin Madagascar. The short film, or succession of photographs, were taken on 2 August 1914 as Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) on the left, and his friend the artist André Rouveyre (1879-1962), had just returned to Paris and were on their way to the Comœdia's offices to deliver... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138667
LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.
Cleveland : 1966First edition, one of 500 copies printed. Levy (1942-1968) was a leading figure in the countercultural movement known as the Cleveland Mimeograph Revolution. His productions, being hand-assembled with small print runs, now survive in relatively small numbers. His introduction declares "to my knowledge this poem is the first poem of any length to be... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 138639
LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.
Cleveland : 1966First edition, this one of 65 special copies "bound with freak covers by the author" (each being thus unique, this one incorporating old maps of Ohio, a striking photograph of two Native Americans, and newsprint collage), from a total edition of 500. This copy is inscribed on the title page, "many thanks, d. a. levy". Levy (1942-1968) was a leading... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138636
(YEATS, W. B.) BOUGHTON, Alice. Doubly inscribed portrait photograph.
New York : 1904A doubly inscribed portrait photo, inscribed by Yeats to Una Pope-Hennessy, "W B Yeats To Mrs Pope Hennessy" at the foot of the image, and additionally signed by the photographer, "Copyrighted by Alice Boughton Apr. 1904 New York". A remarkable photo, with an appealing association, by the renowned New York photographer. Alice Boughton (1876-1945) opened... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 131408
BRITISH POETS. Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
London : [c.1875-83]Revised Bell and Daldy Aldine edition. The celebrated Aldine Edition of the British Poets was begun by William Pickering in 1830, with the reputable scholars Alexander Dyce, Nicholas Harris Nicolas, and John Mitford as editors. George Bell bought most of Pickering's publications, including the Aldine series of poets, which he subsequently revised and... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 138234
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Rosalind and Helen.
London : 1888First edition thus of Shelley's long poem "Rosalind and Helen", a conversational lament for a disappointed poet-reformer, set on the shores of Lake Como, begun in Marlowe and completed in 1818 at the baths of Lucca in Tuscany.
Provenance: the copy of Adolfo de Bosis (1863-1924), with his black ink stamp to title page, an Italian poet, admirer... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 137552
CONGREVE, William. The Works.
London : 1753A collection of reissues of plays and poems by the author, including The Old Batchelor, The Double-dealer, The Way of the World, The Mourning-bride, and Love for Love. All were first performed and published from 1693 to 1700.
With the bookplate of Sir Joshua Vanneck (17021777), 1st Baronet, of Putney, Surrey, to the front pastedown... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 138561
FROST, Robert. New Hampshire.
New York : 1923First edition, first printing, limited issue, number 167 of 350 copies signed by the author, and rare in the glassine. New Hampshire is one of Frost's most notable books, and won him his first Pulitzer Prize. It contains poems such as the famous "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "Fire and Ice". Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 125222
CLARE, John. The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems.
London : 1821First edition of Clare's second book of poetry, with no frontispiece to the second volume as required for the first issue. A farm labourer's son, John Clare (1793-1864) had published his first work, Poems Descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery, the previous year. It became something of a publishing sensation, with the 1,000 copies of the first edition... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 126172
(JOHNSON, Samuel.) A Miscellany of Poems by Several Hands.
Oxford : 1731First and sole edition, celebrated for including Samuel Johnson's first appearance in print and the mention of him in the preface as "a Commoner of Pembroke-College in Oxford". Johnson spent only thirteen months at Pembroke (October 1728 to December 1729), forced to leave through financial constraints. His stay may have been short but the nineteen-year... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 125411
ELIOT, T. S. Poems 1909-1925.
London : 1925First edition, first impression, scarce in the jacket. The collection selects from Prufrock (1917), Poems (1920), and also prints The Waste Land (1922, here including for the first time the dedication to Ezra Pound as "il miglior fabbro") and The Hollow Men, for which this is the first appearance.
Some literary... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137380
(CODEX MANESSE.) Facsimile of Codex Manesse.
Leipzig : 1925-27Limited 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
BAMFORD, Samuel. Hours in the Bowers.
Manchester : 1834 [i.e. 1835]First edition of this collection of the poetry, some here printed for the first time, by the English radical Samuel Bamford (1788-1872). The title refers to his time in prison ("bowers" being slang for jail), and Bamford notes that he wrote two of the poems while incarcerated - "Eclogue" and "Hymn to Hope". Bamford makes clear in the preface his feeling,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 136399
(TAGORE, Rabindranath.) HOLDT, Hanns (photographer). Signed photographic portrait.
Munich : 1921Very attractive signed portrait of the great Bengali poet, playwright, philosopher and author, captured at the height of his fame, inscribed in ink on the mount "Rabindranath Tagore, June 17 1921"; also signed by the distinguished photographer Hanns Holdt (1880-1972).
"Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation, even a phenomenon;... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 130403
SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609.
Oxford : 1905First edition thus, the Clarendeon Press facsimile of the 1609 first edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets. With the bookplate of actor John Martin Harvey (1863-1944). Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 114988
PALGRAVE, Francis Turner (ed.) The Golden Treasury
Cambridge : 1861First edition, third impression. The first impression was published in July 1861; based on Palgrave's notes in his own copies, the second impression was published in October, and the third in November. This has the relevant third impression points - four notes on p. 323, gothic half-title, and no price on the spine.
Dedicated to his friend Alfred... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 136078
OWEN, Wilfred. Mapping Golgotha.
Wales : 2007First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies only, Jeremy Hooker's own copy with "Editor's copy" instead of a number written on the limitation page. This is a handsomely bound selection of Owen's letters and poems, mostly written and completed between 1917 and 1918, before the author was killed in action in November 1918. Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 137877
FROST, Robert. Mountain Interval.
New York : 1916First edition, first printing, first issue with duplicated line 8 on p. 88 and "Come" for "Gone" in line 16 of p. 93. Frost's third book, Mountain Interval is notable for containing perhaps his most famous poem, "The Road Not Taken". This copy has an original photograph of the author pasted to the verso of the dedication. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137975
CUNARD, Nancy. Man-Ship-Tank-Gun-Plane.
London : 1944First 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
SMITH, Patti, & Tom Verlaine. The Night / La Nuit.
[Paris] : First French edition, signed by both authors on the rear wrapper, scarce thus. This collaborative work, containing 22 numbered poems (11 by each poet), was first published in a limited edition chapbook by Aloes Books in London the same year. The text is printed in both French and in English. Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 136067
KEATS, John. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.
London : 1820First edition of Keats's third and final book, a very scarce example in the original boards with spine and title label intact. This was the last book published in Keats's lifetime, about which he had "low hopes, though not spirits this shall be my last trial; not succeeding, I shall try what I can do in the apothecary line". Though Keats did not live... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 134735
NERUDA, Pablo. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.
[June 1944]A scarce example of a signed carbon copy typescript poem by Pablo Neruda, with three small corrections in his hand. The 18-verse poem "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice" ("Argentina, hear what my country says to you") was written by the Chilean poet and diplomat on 4 June 1944 in response to the coup d'état of 1943 in Argentina. It was first... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134176
MACGILL, Patrick. Soldier Songs.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, number 207 of 280 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. Patrick MacGill (1889-1963) was known as the "navvy poet", Soldier Songs "collected his war verse with a valuable preface on songs the soldiers made" (ODNB). Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 133748
PAZ, Octavio. Blanco.
Mexico City : 1967First and limited edition, number 405 of 579 copies, of one of Paz's major works, experimental in both form and content, which, when unfolded, "in a certain sense produces text by transforming the space itself into a text" (Sanchez). It was composed while Paz was serving in India as Mexican ambassador; his time there is important in relation to his... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 132640
ELIZABETH, Princess of the United Kingdom. Cupid Turned Volunteer.
London : 1804First edition, signed by "Elizabeth" on the half-title. Published at the height of the Georgian volunteer movement for the war against Napoleon, this book contains a series of engraving based on drawings by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III, showing cupid training to fight the French. Each picture depicting scenes of "Genius, Loyalty, and Patriotism"... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 129967
TASSO, Torquato. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.
London : 1817First edition thus, one of 50 large paper copies. A highly appealing edition printed by the excellent Thomas Bensley and with delightful wood-engravings, perhaps by Bewick's pupil Henry White, after designs by John Thurston. Fairfax's translation was originally published in 1600; the first English translation of Tasso's poetical account of the first... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 121168
[BURTON, Claude E. C. H.] Fife and Drum.
London : 1915First edition, first impression, first issue. A very scarce war poetry collection, in exceptional fine condition. Claude E. C. H. Burton wrote patriotic war poetry in the early years of the First World War under these two pseudonyms for The Daily Mail and The Evening News, both Lord Northcliffe's publications. His son, Captain Henry Patrick Claude Burton,... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 119921
(NAVAL.) The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.
1808First edition of this extremely uncommon poetical account of a two-month "shakedown" cruise with a new ship's company on a British man of war. The work was begun as a pastime during a "regimen on shore recruiting an extremely exhausted constitution". Finding his "Sketches of Scenes which had occurred on Naval Service increasing," the author decided... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 67173
OWEN, Wilfred. Poems.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136149
BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX, Saint, attributed author. Speculu[m] divini amoris, rithmico Carmine instar dialogi dulcissime decurre[n]. quo pius Lector miru[m] in modu[m] ad heroicas excitatur virtutes.
Cologne : 1505Scarce edition of Bernard of Clairvaux's work the mirror of godly love. Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131672
PICABIA, Francis. Francis Picabia, 1879-1954.
[Paris] : 1955First and only edition, number 166 of 191 copies. A rare collection of tributes to the French Dada and Surrealist painter and poet Francis Picabia, with contributions by artists including Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Pierre de Massot. Francis Picabia was one of the major early figures of the Dada movement in France and America. Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 123967
ESSEX HOUSE PRESS: GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village.
Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904First Essex House Press edition, number 120 of 150 copies only, printed on vellum and hand illuminated. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great Poems Series. The Essex... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137543
KEROUAC, Jack. Mexico City Blues.
New York : 1959First edition, first printing, of Kerouac's "242 Choruses", written between 1954 and 1957, in the correct black and white jacket (the bibliographer Charters incorrectly calls for a jacket "printed in red, green and black", these being the colours of the wrappers issue, and later dust jackets), hard to find in collectable condition. Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136575
PETRARCH. Le Rime.
London : 1822A charming miniature Petrarch (in the original Italian), attractively bound, and finely printed by Pickering as part of his Diamond Classics series of miniature books, featuring the great writers. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 137767
FITZGERALD, Edward (trans). Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : 1940First edition thus, first printing, number 44 of 125 copies signed by the artist and specially bound. The text reprints FitzGerald's first published version of the Rubáiyát in 1859.
Gooden (1892-1955) was an English artist who studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and is best known for his fine copper engravings. His work includes several... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137333
FROST, Robert. North of Boston.
London : 1914First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 200 copies, Crane's binding F. This copy has the bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. to the front pastedown. Adams Jr. was an American bibliophile and the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City from 1948 to 1969.
North of Boston is a collection of 17 of Frost's... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137200
KEATS, John. Poems.
London : 1817First edition of Keats's first book, in the original boards. Poems was published on 3 March 1817 by Charles and James Ollier, who were already publishing Shelley. The first of a mere three lifetime publications, it is a work of mainly youthful promise - Keats had appeared for the first time in print less than a year earlier, with a poem in the radical... Learn More£47,500.00
Stock Code: 113377