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VALE PRESS: KEATS, John. The Poems.
London : 1898First Vale Press edition, one of 210 unnumbered copies on paper (a further 8 were issued on vellum), and superbly decorated by Ricketts of the Vale Press.
Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books are... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 144841
ADCOCK, A. St John. For Remembrance.
London : 1918First edition, first impression, of Adcock's memorial volume, giving biographies and poetical excerpts for 44 "Soldier Poets", 20 of which are portrayed. This book is uncommonly found, especially so in such good condition and with the jacket.
The dust jacket, which was designed by Eugene Hastain, bears on the front flap an advertisement ("It... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144555
YEATS, W. B. Some Passages from the Letters of AE to W. B. Yeats.
Dublin : 1936First edition, first impression; one of 300 copies. Letters to Yeats from his lifelong friend "AE" (Dublin-based mystical poet and painter George Russell: 1867 - 1935), between 1896 and 1932, collected and published in the year after his death. This copy bears some scholarly annotations in pencil. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 83423
THOMAS, Edward - THOMAS, Helen. As it Was.
London : 1926 & 1931First edition, first impression, of Thomas's tender yet frank memoirs of her life with poet Edward Thomas, in elegant matching bindings.
Thomas began writing these memoirs in an attempt to lift herself from her depression following the death of her husband Edward Thomas in 1917. Two leaves at pp. 53-6 of As It Was were cancelled prior to publication... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144490
YEATS, W. B. The Wild Swans at Coole.
Dundrum : 1917First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. One of Yeats's major poetry collections, the title was printed by Yeats's sister, Elizabeth Corbet. The collection includes the much-loved title poem, alongside one of his most enduring poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death".
The Cuala Press, a co-operative business with Lily Yeats, was founded... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143926
YEATS, W. B. Michael Robartes and the Dancer.
Dundrum : 1920First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed and now very scarce. The significant English composer and co-founder of the original Glastonbury Festivals Rutland Boughton's copy, with his ownership inscription "R. Boughton, Glastonbury" to first blank and matching purple ink stamp to the title page.
Rutland Boughton (1878-1960) remains... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143925
CUALA PRESS: YEATS, W. B., & Dorothy Wellesley (eds.) A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).
Dublin : March 1937First edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Three Bushes" was first published just two months prior in The London Mercury.
The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of the year in a smaller edition. The first series ran from... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140544
GINSBERG, Allen. Photographs.
Altadena : 1990First edition, first printing, inscribed copy. From an edition of 5,100 copies, this copy is inscribed by Ginsberg on the title page, "2/17/94, Allen Ginsberg, for Audrey Gaston", and with a large ink drawing across the title page spread featuring his favoured Blakean "Ah, Sunflower" growing under an "Ah" sun and other celestial shapes.
Ginsberg's... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140264
WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.
New York : 1945First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the day of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Jean Lanslow with love from Oscar Williams - editor - June 19 1945", the inscription continued by the founder of the John Day company: "And from Richard Walsh", and by two contributors, "from Hubert Creekmore" and "from... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 139656
VERLAINE, Paul. Œuvres Complètes.
Paris : 1919-20A handsomely bound set of Verlaine's poems which includes his collections Poèmes saturniens (1866), Fêtes galantes (1869), Romances sans paroles (1874), Sagesse (1880), and Les Poètes maudits (1884). Romances sans paroles was inspired by Verlaine's relationship with his wife, Mathilde Mauté, and his lover, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Verlaine... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138447
BARLOW, Jane. The End of Elfintown.
London : 1894First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917).
It is exquisitely illustrated in a Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who also designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William Butler... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 135808
KIPLING, Rudyard. Debits and Credits.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, of this collection of 14 stories and 21 poems. While all of the stories were previously published, 19 of the poems are here published for the first time. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 144451
CORNFORD, Frances. Poems.
Hampstead : First edition, first impression, of Cornford's second book, following the rare Holtbury Idyll (1908), and first poetry collection, including her poem "Youth", later titled "On Rupert Brooke", as well as the notorious "To a Fat Lady Seen from a Train", which became a much anthologized (and parodied) piece.
Frances Cornford (1886-1960, née Frances... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 144493
POE, Edgar Allan. The Poetical Works.
London : 1853First edition thus, under the title of "The Poetical Works", published as part of Addey's Illustrated Classics series, this one dedicated to Rossetti. Hannay's collection was seen as the definitive collection of Poe's poetry, and "maintained its popularity for decades". An attractive early illustrated edition; preceded only by Vizetelly's Tales (1852).... Learn More£800.00
Stock Code: 144318
UPDIKE, John. Sixteen Sonnets.
Cambridge : 1979Signed limited edition, special issue signed and numbered "R" on the limitation page, one of 26 lettered and hard-bound copies, inscribed on the first blank "For Anne Sissman, with admiration and affection, John", and with a typed letter to her, signed by John. From an edition limited to 276 signed copies.
The recipient, Anne Sissman, was the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144315
FILLIOU, Robert. Longs poemes courts a terminer chez soi.
Bruxelles Hamburg : 1984First edition, one of 500 sets printed and now scarce, with only two recorded at auction. Filliou's text on the folder states that the postcards were issued in memory of Danish artist Arthur "Addi" Kopke (1928-1977), at whose gallery these poems were originally exhibited during his 1961 residence in Copenhagen with his wife Marianne.
These postcard... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143553
BRONTË, Patrick. Cottage Poems.
Halifax : 1811First edition, sole impression, of this scarce debut collection of poems by the father of the Brontë sisters. Patrick Bronte's first published poem "Winter Evening Thoughts" had appeared in a local Shropshire newspaper in 1810. He then moved up to Yorkshire and had this collection of poems published in Halifax. Brontë would marry Maria Branwell in... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 133120
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poems, chiefly lyrical.
London : 1830First edition of Tennyson's first solo poetry collection, a very commendable copy in the original boards.
The collection was preceded only by Poems by Two Brothers (1827), in which he appeared anonymously alongside his (in fact three) brothers. "Some of Tennyson's most enduring notes, elegiacally lyrical, with his riven sensibility... are especially... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 144305
JOHNSON, Lionel. Poems.
London : 1895First edition, number 6 of 25 inscribed large-paper copies, inscribed by the author on the initial blank "Twenty-five copies of this edition. No. 6. Lionel Johnson".
"His reputation was confirmed by the publication of his Poems in 1895, which marks the high point in his career" (ODNB). Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144311
ROBINSON, Edwin Arlington. The Town Down the River.
New York : 1916Second edition, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Lewis Chase, From E. A. Robinson, 1917", and with Chase's pictorial bookplate to first blank. It was first published in 1910. Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) was an American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry on three occasions and was nominated four times for the Nobel Prize in literature.... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 144149
FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
Portland : 1907Ninth Mosher edition, first printing, one of 925 copies on Van Gelder paper, in a superb contemporary binding. It includes a "Toast to Omar Khayyam" and "To The Winds" by Theodore Watts-Dunton; "Edward Fitzgerald" by W. Irving Way; "Omar Khayyam" by Fitzgerald.
It also comprises the text of the first (1859), second (1868), and fourth editions... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144208
YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair and Other Poems.
London : 1933First 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... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143928
DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.
London : 1806First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 141677
HEANEY, Seamus. Station Island.
New York : 1985First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Martha, Sláinte! Seamus Heaney, April 1985". The author's sixth book of poetry, Station Island was first published in the UK the preceding year. Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 126159
STEADMAN, Ralph (illus.); DURRELL, Lawrence; Sylvia Plath; & others. Steam Press Portfolio 2.
London : 1974First edition, number 48 of only 50 numbered copies, with each broadside numbered and signed by Steadman. All the poems are further signed by their respective authors, including Lyman Andrews, Asa Benveniste, Ruth Fainlight, and Alan Sillitoe, excepting Plath's for obvious reasons.
Stock Code: 100028
OWEN, Wilfred. The Poems.
London : 1931First Blunden edition of Wilfred Owen's poems, first impression, number 23 of 160 large paper copies, and signed by Blunden on page 41 at the end of his "Memoir".
This edition was expanded by fellow war-poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) from the first edition of 1920 edited by Siegfried Sassoon, who of all the war poets had known Owen best, albeit... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 143660
YEATS, W. B. Mosada.
Dublin : October 1943First Cuala press edition, limited issue. Number 40 of 50 copies, and, though uncalled for, this copy is signed by "George" Hyde-Lees, (1892-1968), the author's wife. Mosada was Yeats's first published work, and was first published in 1886 as an offprint from the Dublin University Review. That edition, of around 100 copies, is now "exceedingly rare"... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 143922
YEATS, W. B. Plays in Prose and Verse.
London : 1922First edition, first impression, a lovely copy, uncommon in the jacket.
This collection contains Yeats's plays: Cathleen ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth, The King's Threshold, On Baile's Strand, The Shadowy Waters, Deridre, The Unicorn from the Stars (written in collaboration with Lady Gregory), The Green Helmet, The Hour-Glass and The Player... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 143556
HUGHES, Ted. Crow Wakes.
Woodford Green, Essex : 1971First edition, first printing, signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet. The title page verso is signed "No. 28, Ted Hughes" and the front free endpaper signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 46/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that "These poems were excluded... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 125129
HUGHES, Ted (ed.) By Heart.
London : 1997First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Ted Hughes to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title: "For Olwyn with love from Ted Xmas 1997". With a manuscript correction by Hughes on page xiv, of "Welsh system" to "Welsh poetry", as is known in other copies inscribed by Hughes. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143825
HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.
Chipping Campden : 1929First Alcuin Press edition, number 134 of 325 copies in total. First published in 1896 and 1922 respectively, this work collected together in two volumes what was then understood to be the entire corpus of Housman's published poetry. This book was handsomely printed in the private press manner on Batchelor handmade paper for the publishers by the Alcuin... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 126238
SHAKESPEARE, William. Venus and Adonis.
Oxford : 1905Limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies, in a superb binding by the Chelsea Bindery, of this Oxford University facsimile reprint of the earliest surviving editions of Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, the Sonnets, The Passionate Pilgrim, and the play Pericles, as a supplement to the reproduction of the First Folio issued by the Oxford University Press in... Learn More£1,800.00
Stock Code: 65822
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Canciones.
Madrid : 1929Second edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to fellow "Generation of '27" group member "Para Guillermo de Torre lo salucha a la distancia, Federico Garcia Lorca", and with de Torre's purple ink ex libris stamp to verso of front free endpaper. A great association copy, connecting Spanish and South American literary circles.
Lorca... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 143185
LITERARY PERIODICAL. Chance: New Writing and Art.
London : 1952-53First and only editions. A scarce complete set of this interesting, if short-lived, literary periodical; contributors include Elizabeth Bowen, Joyce Cary, Peter Ustinov, Brian Glanville, Wolf Mankowitz, William Sansom, Muriel Spark, Denton Welch (a posthumous piece entitled "A Short Story"), Thom Gunn, and Cecil Day Lewis. There are illustrations by... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 143742
GREEVER, Garland, & Joseph M. Bachelor (eds.) The Soul of the City. An Anthology of Urban Verse.
Boston and New York : 1923First edition, first impression, with the very scarce dust jacket, of the first anthology of its kind, collecting the poetry of the city, drawing on Milton, Pope, Wordsworth, and Whitman, as well as representing many more contemporary writers. "A great city is a great poem - not a poem by a dapper and correct versifier, but a poem by a Shakespeare,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143686
STEWART, Carol (ed.) Poems of Sleep and Dream.
London : 1947First edition, first impression, of the first book to be illustrated by Colquhoun. It was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series, which was edited by W. J. Turner and Sheila Shannon.
Stock Code: 143604
CHADWICK, John W., ed. The Two Voices. Poems of the Mountains and the Sea.
Boston : 1886First edition, scarce Boston imprint, in the very rare dust jacket, of this handsome concept-anthology put together by Harvard-educated poet and clergyman John White Chadwick (1840-1904), published in the year after he was elected the Phi Beta Kappa poet.
The Two Voices aligns a wide range of poets ancient and modern to enthuse on either side... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 143481
PITTER, Ruth. Persephone in Hades.
Auch : 1931First edition, first printing, one of 100 copies only, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title "To Christopher Hassall. From Ruth Pitter. March 1937".
Christopher Vernon Hassall (1912-1963) was an actor, dramatist, poet, and librettist, who was also a noted biographer of poets Rupert Brooke and Edward Marsh.
Library... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 142939
BLUNDEN, Edmund. Retreat.
[London] : 1928Signed limited edition, publisher's presentation copy, inscribed on the limitation page "Kenneth Rae his copy; floreant Ambo. E. B. May? no, June 2, 1929", with a drawing of a road sign around the limitation, numbering this copy "Thorough fare. By. Order". One of 112 signed copies on hand-made paper, of which 12 out of series unnumbered copies not for... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 142941
ROSENBERG, Isaac. The Collected Works.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, scarce, with an exceptional example of the rare dust jacket. This is the first collected edition of the Jewish poet Isaac Rosenberg, who was killed on the Western Front in 1918.
"Rosenberg's poems from the front show him to have absorbed the great tradition of English pastoral poetry, but his tone is different:... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 143560
WILLIAMS, William Carlos. Al Que Quiere!
Boston : 1917First edition, first printing, very scarce early presentation copy inscribed by Williams to the writer Waldo Frank (1889-1967) on the front free endpaper, "To Waldo Frank from William Carlos Williams, May 23 - 1919". Early dated presentation copies from Williams are very seldom encountered.
The title of this, his third collection, means "To... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 142739
PIPER, Myfanwy (ed.) Sea Poems.
London : 1944First edition, first impression, inscribed by Myfanwy Piper, "Villiers David from Myfanwy Piper Feb 1945", on the front free endpaper. An art critic and opera librettist, Myfanwy Piper had been married to the artist John Piper since 1939. Villiers David (1906-1985) was himself a writer, artist and art collector. Sea Poems, which is part of the New Excursions... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143474
SYMONS, Arthur. A Book of Twenty Songs.
London : 1905First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed to his daughter, whose mother was the dedicatee and Symons wife, Rhoda; "To Anna for her birthday, December 18: 1905, Arthur". A lovely family copy. Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142993
FITZGERALD, Edward (trans.); McMANUS, Blanche (illus.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
London : 1903An attractive edition of the Rubáiyát, in a refined contemporary arts and crafts binding, in the style of Douglas Cockerell, and nicely preserving McManus's original endpapers. Founded at the turn of the century by Alexander Moring, the De La More Press produced small, finely printed editions, including several Rubáiyáts.
From the library... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142994
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem, with Notes.
London : 1813First edition, an "unmutilated" copy, with title page and final leaf intact, and including the poetic dedication to Harriet.
Queen Mab was Shelley's most provocative poem and a key radical text in the early years of the 19th century. The entire edition was 250 copies, published by Thomas Hookman for private distribution by Shelley himself. Due... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143222
MADÁCH, Imre. Az Ember Tragédiája. Drámai költemény. (The Tragedy of Man. A dramatic poem).
Pest : 1861Rare first edition of Madách's most important work, The Tragedy of Man, a dramatic poem that evokes comparisons with Milton's Paradise Lost. Considered one of the major works of Hungarian literature, the play is one of the most often staged Hungarian plays today.
"It would seem that the main external sources of inspiration were Byron and Goethe,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 142746
BARBIER, George (illus.) Livre de Madame.
Paris : 1918First edition, first printing, of this rare lady's almanac, issued for the first American department store: Wanamaker's, and illustrated by George Barbier (1882-1932), a painter and artist who produced many illustrations for fashion and theatre costumes and set. Uncommon, the only copy listed institutionally is located by World Cat at the Morgan Library... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 141690
WEBER, Max. Essays on Art.
New York : June 1916First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title page, "To Mr. W. Bowdain with complements sic from Max Weber, Jan. 16. '17" - that is, William G. Bowdoin (1861-1947), art critic of the New York Evening World. This collection of essays and verse was only Weber's second book, following his Cubist Poems of 1914.
The publisher's... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 139746
BOSANQUET, Theodora. Paul Valéry.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to the English historian "To Dame (Cicely)Veronica Wedgwood, hommages respectueux. Theodora Bosanquet, 29.12.1942". One of 1,000 copies only, this one in the variant binding.
Bosanquet was Henry James's secretary from 1907 until his death in 1916 and longtime... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 143116
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Letters to J. H. Leigh Hunt.
London : 1894First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "To Henry Norman, With Kindest Regards from Thos. J. Wise. 7/iv/95". One of 30 copies only, especially rare inscribed, and in such good condition.
Leigh Hunt "who introduced the poet to Horace Smith and John Keats, became possibly Shelley's closest friend, and certainly... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 143164