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HEINSIUS, Daniel. De contemptu mortis libri IV.
Leiden : 1621First edition of the noted Dutch scholar Daniel Heinsius's (1580-1655) last major work of poetry, a didactic espousal of a stoical contempt for, rather than fear of, death. Willems writes that in its time the poem enjoyed a great vogue, and it was translated into Dutch by Jacques van Zevecote. A classical scholar of great renown (he was a professor... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 137321
ANSON, W. S. W. (ed.) The Christmas Book of Carols and Songs.
London : First edition of this attractive Christmas gift book. This illustrated collection of Christmas music was published as part of the Routledge's Photogravure and Colour Series and "made itself special by its thick, imitation-vellum pages and a typeface similar to Morris' Golden" (Gertzman, p. 77). This collection predominantly features the work of poet... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 137274
TIBRIZI, Abu Zakariya' Yahya [ibn 'Ali] al-Khatib al-. A Commentary on Ten Arabic Poems.
Calcutta : 1894First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on poetry For a time he was a... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118904
GIBRAN, Kahlil. Twenty Drawings.
New York : 1919First edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings, retaining some parts of the rare dust jacket laid in. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137326
(TAYLOR, Thomas, trans.) ORPHEUS. The Mystical Hymns of Orpheus.
Chiswick : 1824Second edition (edited and expanded since the first edition of 1787, with additional notes) of the Hymns of Orpheus by the influential translator and neoplatonist Thomas Taylor (1758-1835). Taylor was the first to translate into English the complete works of Plato and Aristotle, and also these Orphic fragments. He was such a committed Hellenist that... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 137323
MORRIS, Francis St Vincent. The Poems.
Oxford : 1917First and only edition of these World War One poems by a pilot of the Royal Flying Corps, who had enlisted during his first year at Wadham College, Oxford. His Poems were considered by contemporary reviewers to be among the best that the war had produced.
Provenance: ink ownership inscription of Douglas W. Ashby (1898-196?), dated 13 March 1918,... Learn More£550.00
Stock Code: 137348
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poems,
London : 1830First edition, first state, of Tennyson's first solo poetry collection. It is preceded only by Poems by Two Brothers (1827), in which he appeared anonymously alongside his (in fact three) brother. "Some of Tennyson's most enduring notes, elegiacally lyrical, with his riven sensibility... are especially manifest in the volume's most remarkable... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137218
(KELMSCOTT PRESS.) CHAUCER, Geoffrey. The Works.
London : 1974Limited edition, one of 515 copies. A superb copy of the Basilisk Press facsimile of the Kelmscott Chaucer, the second volume providing insight into the Press, the work, and its illustrations. Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 135767
KINSELLA, Thomas, trans. The Tain.
Dublin : September 1969First edition, one of 1,750 copies printed (one of the 750 for distribution in the USA by Irish University Press).
This strikingly-illustrated and handsomely-produced book sees both Kinsella and Le Brocquy together, executing their most notable work, in doing justice to the Táin Bó Cúailnge (or The Cattle Raid of Cooley), an ancient... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 135555
OSHIMA, Shotaro. Poems.
Tokyo : 1939First edition, first printing, number 177 of 350 issued copies, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Mr Laurence Binyon With all good wishes from the Author, October 25, 1939". Loosely inserted are two letters (and washi paper envelope) to Binyon: one an autograph letter from Oshima, dated October 27, 1939; the other a typed letter... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137118
ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
New York : 1943First collected edition, first printing, one of 788 copies with the slug "first American edition" to the verso of the title page. Two printings were produced prior to publication. The first printing constituted 4,165 copies, but the poor quality of the printing led to the publisher destroying all but 788 copies, which were sent out to retain copyright.... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 137055
SHAKESPEARE, William. Shakespeare's Sonnets.
London : 1899First Henry Ospovat edition. Ospovat was a prolific illustrator from the late 1800s to early 1900s, providing illustrations for Shakespeare's Songs, Poems by Matthew Arnold, and Robert Browning's Men and Women. He later became known for his caricatures of celebrities, including Harry Lauder and Keir Hardie. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 136713
SASSOON, Siegfried. The Path to Peace. Selected Poems.
Worcester : 1960First edition, number 411 of 500 copies only. The Path to Peace is a book of religious verse that followed Sassoon's conversion to Catholicism in 1957. The book is dedicated to Mother Margaret Mary McFarlin, the nun who first drew him towards the faith by writing to him out of the blue after sensing a spiritual struggle in his work when reading... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 136712
ACTON, Harold, & Ch'en Shih-Hsiang (trans.) Modern Chinese Poetry.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, in a nice example of the scarce jacket, of Harold Acton's English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese poetry. It includes his introductory survey, and specimens of the works of Ch'en Meng-chia, Chou Tso-jen, Feng Fei-ming, Ho Chi-fang, Hsu Chih-mo, Kuo Mo-jo, Li Kwang-t'ien, Lin Keng, Pien Chih-lin, Shao Hsun-mei,... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 136704
(MOORE, Henry.) GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von, & André Gide (trans.) Prométhée.
Paris : 1950-51First and limited edition of Moore's first lithographic portfolio, this copy marked "H.C." (hors de commerce) and initialled by the publisher P. A. Nicaise, perhaps one of the copies réservées à des collaborateurs (reserved for collaborators); the edition was limited to 183 copies on vélin de chiffon à la forme des Papeteries du Marais.... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135517
NERUDA, Pablo. The Heights of Macchu Picchu.
London : 1966First English-language edition, first impression, of Neruda's masterpiece, a superb presentation copy from the poet to the publisher, inscribed "Un abrazo a Tom de su amigo Pablo 1970" on the front free endpaper, with Tom Maschler's bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132725
HUGHES, Ted. Recklings.
London : 1966First edition, limited issue, number 130 of 150 copies, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to his sister, "With love to Olwyn from Ted, January 1967". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 126118
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. The Works.
London : 1832-3An attractive library set of Byron's works, complete with the three Don Juan volumes added to the edition, including all his poems and plays, letters and journals, and the Life by his friend Thomas Moore. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 127332
ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
London : 1960First Bodoni edition, number 87 of 290 copies signed by the poet. A magnificent piece of book production executed in Verona under the direction of Giovanni Mardersteig, the greatest printer of the 20th century. Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 136811
(FRENCH GLASS BINDING.) Chansonnier dédié aux Demoiselles.
Paris : [c.1828-30]A beautifully preserved, finely bound French songbook from the Janet workshop.
The British Library's Database of Bookbindings notes that the Janets (both father, Pierre-Étienne, and son, Louis) were well-known engravers and publishers of ephemera in deluxe and gift bindings, particularly women's almanacs; Louis moved to rue St Jacques 59 - the location... Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 133875
ASHBERY, John. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror.
New York : 1975First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed "for Anne Fremantle, with admiration, John Ashbery, December 1 1975" to half-title. The recipient is "Anne Fremantle, a British-born author, art critic, essayist and editor" (The New York Times obituary, 28 December 2002, retrieved 29.11.19), who also "published her first poems in 1931 and followed... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 135895
PALGRAVE, Francis Turner (ed.) The Golden Treasury.
London : 1922A beautifully bound copy. First published in 1861, The Golden Treasury was "an anthology so successful that, as J. W. Mackail wrote in the Dictionary of National Biography, 'it remains one of those rare instances in which a critical work has substantive imaginative value, and entitles its author to rank among creative artists'" (ODNB). It includes lyrics... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 136798
DRINKWATER, John. Tides.
London : 1917First trade edition, first impression, the dedication copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title verso "To Sir Ian Hamilton from John Drinkwater 1917". Drinkwater dedicates the book to General Sir Ian Hamilton with the dedicatory stanza "because the darling chivalries, / that light your battle-line, belong / to music's heart no less than these,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 134237
MACDONALD, George. Exotics.
London : 1876First edition, sole impression, of this scarce anthology of German and Italian poetry translated into English by noted Victorian fantasy writer George MacDonald, including the Spiritual Songs of Novalis. Also presented are English renditions of Luther, Schiller, Goethe, Heine, Petrarch, Milton (from his Italian), and others.
MacDonald first encountered... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 132842
SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Poems and Ballads.
London : 1866First edition, first issue (with Moxon imprint), first state with Wise's textual errors uncorrected, of the most sensationally controversial book of English poetry of its century, its contents being a heady mix of sadomasochism, necrophilia, egalitarianism, and blasphemy. "It was a dazzling collection. Swinburne had developed an original poetic voice,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 136507
POPE, Alexander. The Works.
London : 1835First edition thus, with Croly's memoir and notes, of Pope's works. This attractive set is from the library of the philosopher and writer Alan W. Watts (19151973), each volume with his self-designed esoterically illustrated bookplate, including the biblical motto "pulsate et aperietur vobis" ("knock, and it shall be opened to you"). Watts was a highly... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 134475
(LATIN POETRY.) WALKER, William Sidney (ed.) Corpus Poetarum Latinorum.
London : 1828Second edition of Walker's useful anthology of Latin poetry, in a splendid contemporary binding, unsigned but resembling the work of Charles Lewis (1786-1836). Walker (1795-1846), though best remembered as a Shakespeare scholar, won a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, almost entirely on the strength of his classical knowledge. His Corpus was... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118084
(SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe.) Shelley at Oxford.
London : 1944Number 26 of 50 copies bound in red morocco, with additional illustrations, and signed by the pressman W. H. Solly, out of a total edition of 500. The volume prints the correspondence of Shelley with Hogg, both of whom would be expelled from Oxford University for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism, together with other letters and an unpublished... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 135460
HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
London : 1992First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the half-title, "For Olwyn, with love, Ted Christmas 1991", together with a large original ornate ink drawing of a fantastical garden. Number XI of 30 copies numbered in Roman numerals, signed and reserved by the author. There were also 250 numbered and... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 125774
MEYER, Tom. Poikilos.
Urbana, IL : 1971First edition, first printing, inscribed with a poem on the half-title, "wet windows / no tears / only rain / January 1978, a 'thread' for Winston from Tom". Two hundred and fifty copies were produced of this finely printed collection of poems. The recipient was Winston Leyland (b.1940), a leading figure in American LGBT publishing who won the Stonewall... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 122967
LOWENFELS, Walter, & Anton Refregier. Song of Peace:
New York : 1959First and limited edition, of 1,000 copies, signed by both author and illustrator, this copy additionally inscribed by Lowenfels on a preliminary blank, "For Sol Mandelblatt, these anecdotes of the service, Walter Lowenfels, Mays Landing his sometime New Jersey home 1962". A most attractive provenance that links Lowenfels (1897-1976), one of America's... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 79776
COTTON, Charles. The Genuine Poetical Works;
London : 1741Fourth 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
GURNEY, Ivor. Severn & Somme.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, of the author's first book, scarce in commerce. This is one of only two works published in Gurney's lifetime, this collection inspired by the poet's beloved Gloucestershire and written in large part while he was serving as a private with the 2nd/5th Gloucesters from May 1916. Wounded and gassed in September 1917 during... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135974
MARLOWE, Christopher. The Works and Life.
London : 1930-33First edition, first impression, of this important collected edition, for some time the standard version of Marlowe's plays; scarce complete, and especially so in the dust jackets.
Provenance: neat ownership inscriptions to front pastedowns of Norman C. Stevenson (dated 1955), alongside his discreet book label (incorporating Picasso's portrait of... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 135886
(DOUGLASS; Frederick; EMERSON, Ralph Waldo; STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence.) The Atlantic Monthly, devoted to literature, science, art, and politics. January 1867.
Boston : 1867The January 1867 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, which includes the first appearance in print of three notable works, all published anonymously: Frederick Douglass's An Appeal to Congress for Impartial Suffrage, a plea for equal suffrage between the races in the aftermath of the Civil War; Edmund Clarence Stedman's Pan in Wall Street, a whimsical poem... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135578
ROGERS, Samuel. Poems. New edition.
London : 1854Very smart pairing of these handsome editions, among the most lavishly produced of the century. Italy was originally published in two parts (1822 and 1828) but was so badly received that "Rogers destroyed the unsold copies, revised it carefully, engaged Turner and Stothard to illustrate it, and republished it in a handsome edition in 1830.... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 115101
(TCHAIKOVSKY, Modest, trans.) SHAKESPEARE, William. [Sonnets.]
Moscow : 1914First edition of this translation into Russian by Modest Tchaikovsky (1850-1916), the younger brother of the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and a respected dramatist, librettist, poet and translator in his own right, with his plays drawing a large attendance and with many prominent actors performing in them. Printed with the English original side... Learn More£1,650.00
Stock Code: 135667
(BEOWULF.) GRUNDTVIG, Nicolai Frederik Severin, trans. [Beowulf.] Bjowulfs Drape.
[Copenhagen] Kjobenhavn : 1820First edition of Grundtvig's translation of Beowulf into Danish, the first printing of the text in any modern language, preceded only by Thorkelin's 1815 Latin edition, Grundtvig's translation being also more complete and more accurate than Thorkelin's, adding 45 pages of corrections.
The Anglo-Saxon epic, the earliest extant long poem in Old English,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 135233
SOUTHEY, Robert. Letters Written During a Short Residence in Spain and Portugal.
Bristol : 1799Second edition of Southey's first book of prose, which first appeared in 1797. Southey sailed for Portugal at the invitation of his uncle in November 1795 following his estrangement from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and stayed until the following May. "He visited Madrid, but spent most of his time in and around Lisbon. He obtained a good grounding in both... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 116531
GRAVES, Robert. Good-bye To All That.
London : 1929First edition, first impression, first issue with the infamous Sassoon poem intact. The story of the suppression of this issue is well recorded. The work printed a poem Sassoon had written to Graves in letter form. Sassoon was horrified and demanded the recall of the edition and the excision of the offending pages. This request was done and a second... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135796
(RIMBAUD, Arthur.) VIEILLARD, Roger. Hommage A Rimbaud.
Paris : 1945First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135463
[POPE, Alexander.] The Rape of the Locke.
London : 1712The first printing of Pope's Rape of the Lock, published anonymously in two cantos, extracted from its appearance in Bernard Lintot's Miscellaneous Poems and Translations, 1712, pp. 353-376. Lintott paid Pope 15 to expand the poem following this printing, with the revised and full poem published in five cantos in 1714, under Pope's name. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 135474
ELIOT, T. S. Ara Vus Prec.
London : 1919First edition, number 118 of 220 numbered copies from a total edition of 264 (the remainder of the edition comprising signed, japon-printed, and review copies). The earliest copies issued were in a binding with paper-covered boards, with this binding of cloth-covered boards following. This was Eliot's third book of poetry. The title of the book was... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 135422
PLATH, Sylvia. Ariel.
London : 1965First edition, first impression. Plath's most enduring poetry book, published two years after her suicide, edited by Ted Hughes and with an introduction by Robert Lowell. Plath believed her Ariel poems to be the best she had ever produced, "announcing to her mother that 'they will make my name'" (ODNB). Learn More£1,575.00
Stock Code: 130918
(HEANEY, Seamus, contrib.) Forward Into the Past.
Concord : 1992First edition, sole printing being one of 150 copies. Heaney contributes the poem, "A Wave From the Distance". This is a contributor's copy containing a presentation letter of thanks from the subject of this festschrift to Angelica Garnett. Very uncommon. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 87479
BROWNING, Robert. Dramatis Personae.
London : 1864First edition. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Grant Duff from Robert Browning, May 30, '64". The recipient was an acquaintance of Browning's; copies of a few letters from him to her are laid in, dating from around the time of the inscription. Dramatis Personae was Browning's first book following the death of his wife... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134883
KEATS, John. Endymion: A Poetic Romance.
London : 1818First edition, very scarce first issue unrestored in original boards. Endymion was the second of only three lifetime publications by Keats, comprising his longest single sustained poem, famous for its opening line: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". This copy has the first issue imprint to the verso of the half-title "Printed by T. Miller, Noble... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 134729
SHAKESPEARE, William. A Collection of Poems, in Two Volumes;
London : [1710-11]Effectively the earliest obtainable printing of Shakespeare's major poetry, combining the complete uncorrupted text of the 1609 Sonnets with Lucrece and Venus and Adonis. Benson's 1640 edition of Shakespeare's Poems lacked both Lucrece and Venus and Adonis and its text of the Sonnets was both incomplete and bowdlerised - combining poems, mixing masculine... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 134529
DOUGLAS, Alfred. Sonnets.
London : 1909First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author "For Mrs Watts Dunton, June 1918. Alfred Bruce Douglas" on the half-title. The recipient, Clara Watts Dunton, née Reich (18761938), was the widow of Theodore Watts Dunton (18321914), an influential pre-Raphaelite critic, poet, and close friend of Algernon Swinburne. Watts had control of Swinburn's... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 134451