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. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:
    HALLIWELL, James Orchard. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:

    London : 1849

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136692

  2. The Legend of St. Bernard.
    BACON, Mary Ann. The Legend of St. Bernard.

    Norwich : [1840]

    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

    Stock Code: 136220

  3. The Dreamer and the Sheaves,
    ORTON, I. R. The Dreamer and the Sheaves,

    London : 1955

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136259

  4. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.
    COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.

    Paris : 1829

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136066

  5. Poems.
    MEREDITH, George. Poems.

    London : [1851]

    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

    Stock Code: 130288

  6. La divina commedia.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.

    London : 1808-9

    First 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

    Stock Code: 124978

  7. 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

    Stock Code: 117295

  8. The Calling of the Sea.
    HODGSON, William Hope. The Calling of the Sea.

    London : [1920]

    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

    Stock Code: 103030

  9. The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce jacket, of Sassoon's first collection of war poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138949

  10. Sweeney and the Saint.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney and the Saint.

    Loughcrew : 1982

    First 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

    Stock Code: 103121

  11. Selected Poems 1956-1968.
    COHEN, Leonard. Selected Poems 1956-1968.

    New York : 1968

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138845

  12. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R., & E. V. Gordon, eds. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    Oxford : 1925

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138787

  13. Milton: A Poem.
    BLAKE, William. Milton: A Poem.

    Clairvaux : 1967

    First 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

    Stock Code: 115042

  14. Peer Gynt.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IBSEN, Henrik. Peer Gynt.

    London : 1936

    Signed limited edition, number 403 of 460 numbered copies signed by Arthur Rackham. Learn More

    Stock Code: 113158

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

    San Francisco : 1930

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138793

  16. Odds and Ends in Prose and Verse.
    ISAAC, Frederick Simeon? Odds and Ends in Prose and Verse.

    London : 1908

    First 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

    Stock Code: 122897

  17. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.
    (APOLLINAIRE.) ROUVEYRE, André. Apollinaire filmé en 1914.

    Lanzac : 1944

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138667

  18. Cleveland undercovers.
    LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.

    Cleveland : 1966

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138639

  19. Cleveland undercovers.
    LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.

    Cleveland : 1966

    First 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

    Stock Code: 138636

  20. Doubly inscribed portrait photograph.
    (YEATS, W. B.) BOUGHTON, Alice. Doubly inscribed portrait photograph.

    New York : 1904

    A 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

    Stock Code: 131408

  21. Aldine Edition of the British Poets.
    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

    Stock Code: 138234

  22. Rosalind and Helen.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Rosalind and Helen.

    London : 1888

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137552

  23. The Works.
    CONGREVE, William. The Works.

    London : 1753

    A 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

    Stock Code: 138561

  24. New Hampshire.
    FROST, Robert. New Hampshire.

    New York : 1923

    First 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

    Stock Code: 125222

  25. Poems, By J.D. With elegies on the authors death.
    DONNE, John. Poems, By J.D. With elegies on the authors death.

    London : 1654

    Fourth edition overall, though a reissue, with cancel title page, of the 1650 third edition. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134530

  26. The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems.
    CLARE, John. The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems.

    London : 1821

    First 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

    Stock Code: 126172

  27. A Miscellany of Poems by Several Hands.
    (JOHNSON, Samuel.) A Miscellany of Poems by Several Hands.

    Oxford : 1731

    First 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

    Stock Code: 125411

  28. Poems 1909-1925.
    ELIOT, T. S. Poems 1909-1925.

    London : 1925

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137380

  29. 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

    Stock Code: 137734

  30. Hours in the Bowers.
    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

    Stock Code: 136399

  31. The Poetical Works.
    SCOTT, Sir Walter. The Poetical Works.

    Edinburgh : 1868

    An attractively bound set. Learn More

    Stock Code: 134431

  32. Signed photographic portrait.
    (TAGORE, Rabindranath.) HOLDT, Hanns (photographer). Signed photographic portrait.

    Munich : 1921

    Very 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

    Stock Code: 130403

  33. Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets. Being a Reproduction in Facsimile of the First Edition 1609.

    Oxford : 1905

    First 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

    Stock Code: 114988

  34. The Golden Treasury
    PALGRAVE, Francis Turner (ed.) The Golden Treasury

    Cambridge : 1861

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136078

  35. Mapping Golgotha.
    OWEN, Wilfred. Mapping Golgotha.

    Wales : 2007

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137877

  36. Mountain Interval.
    FROST, Robert. Mountain Interval.

    New York : 1916

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137975

  37. Orchard and Vineyard.
    SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Orchard and Vineyard.

    London : 1921

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. Orchard and Vineyard is Sackville-West's third book of poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 136487

  38. 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

    Stock Code: 136389

  39. The Night / La Nuit.
    SMITH, Patti, & Tom Verlaine. The Night / La Nuit.

    [Paris] : [1976]

    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

    Stock Code: 136067

  40. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.
    KEATS, John. Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and other poems.

    London : 1820

    First 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

    Stock Code: 134735

  41. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.
    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

    Stock Code: 134176

  42. Soldier Songs.
    MACGILL, Patrick. Soldier Songs.

    London : 1917

    First 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

    Stock Code: 133748

  43. Blanco.
    PAZ, Octavio. Blanco.

    Mexico City : 1967

    First 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

    Stock Code: 132640

  44. Cupid Turned Volunteer.
    ELIZABETH, Princess of the United Kingdom. Cupid Turned Volunteer.

    London : 1804

    First 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

    Stock Code: 129967

  45. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.
    TASSO, Torquato. Godfrey of Bulloigne, or Jerusalem Delivered.

    London : 1817

    First 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

    Stock Code: 121168

  46. Fife and Drum.
    [BURTON, Claude E. C. H.] Fife and Drum.

    London : 1915

    First 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

    Stock Code: 119921

  47. The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.
    (NAVAL.) The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.


    First 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

    Stock Code: 67173

  48. Sequences.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. Sequences.


    One of 25 copies privately printed for Sassoon. It was first published in 1956 by Faber and Faber Limited. Learn More

    Stock Code: 47340

  49. Poems.
    OWEN, Wilfred. Poems.

    London : 1920

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136149

  50. Poetical Works.
    BROWNING, Robert. Poetical Works.

    London : 1889

    A handsomely bound set of Browning's works. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138121

  51. Francis Picabia, 1879-1954.
    PICABIA, Francis. Francis Picabia, 1879-1954.

    [Paris] : 1955

    First 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

    Stock Code: 123967

  52. Odes of Hafiz.
    LE GALLIENNE, Richard. Odes of Hafiz.

    New York : 1903

    First edition, number 36 of 335 copies privately printed at the Heintzemann Press, Boston, signed by the translator on the half-title verso. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137087

  53. The Deserted Village.
    ESSEX HOUSE PRESS: GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village.

    Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137543

  54. Mexico City Blues.
    KEROUAC, Jack. Mexico City Blues.

    New York : 1959

    First 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

    Stock Code: 136575

  55. Le Rime.
    PETRARCH. Le Rime.

    London : 1822

    A 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

    Stock Code: 137767

  56. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    FITZGERALD, Edward (trans). Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : 1940

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137333

  57. North of Boston.
    FROST, Robert. North of Boston.

    London : 1914

    First 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

    Stock Code: 137200

  58. Poems.
    KEATS, John. Poems.

    London : 1817

    First 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

    Stock Code: 113377

  59. Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI.
    POUND, Ezra. Eleven New Cantos XXXI-XLI.

    New York : 1934

    First edition, first printing, of Pound's follow up instalment to the Cantos, after the Draft of XXX Cantos was published in 1930. Learn More

    Stock Code: 86695

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