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LENNON, John - ONO, Yōko. Grapefruit.
London : 1971First Sphere edition, first impression, signed by both Lennon and Ono on the front free endpaper. Copies of this title are known bearing the signatures of rock's best known couple but are by no means common.
Ono's book blurred the lines between literature and conceptual art, and Lennon later stated that his song "Imagine" was derived from Yoko's... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 144710
SASSOON, Siegfried. To My Mother.
London : 1928Signed limited edition, number 231 of 500 large paper copies printed on English handmade paper, numbered and signed by the author. Number 14 in the Ariel Poems series, Sassoon's poem pays tribute to his mother, Theresa Thornycroft Sassoon (1853-1947). Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 144865
KIPLING, Rudyard. Sea and Sussex.
London : 1926First edition, first impression, one of 500 large paper copies signed by Kipling on the limitation page. This superbly illustrated collection gathers poems from The Seven Seas (1896), The Five Nations (1903), Rewards and Fairies (1910), Sea Warfare (1916), and others. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144835
ISHERWOOD, Christopher, & Swami Prabhavananda (trans). Bhagavad-Gita.
Hollywood : 1944First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Mary Herbold, with gratitude and good wishes, Christopher Isherwood", and signed within this also by his fellow translator the great guru Swami Prabhavananda. This is a superb association copy of this significant English translation of this major Vedic text.
The... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 143597
(HEANEY, Seamus.) Poems on the Underground.
London : 2011First edition, first printing, signed by Seamus Heaney on the front cover. Poems on the Underground is a scheme launched in 1986, showcasing a range of poetry on London Underground carriages, from classics to contemporary works. This leaflet was produced and distributed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the scheme; Heaney's poem "Colmcille the Scribe"... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142600
HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney Praises the Trees.
New York : 1981First edition, number 41 of 110 copies only, additionally signed by the author on the title page; scarce, especially so signed and in such fine condition. Sweeney Praises the Trees is an early version of part of his modern English translation of the ancient Irish Buile Shuibhne, preceding his complete translation, published in 1983 as Sweeney Astray.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142601
HEANEY, Seamus. An Open Letter.
Derry : 1983First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. Heaney's poem was penned as an objection to his representation as a British poet in Andrew Motion and Blake Morrison's Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982). Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 142604
Boston : 1973First edition, first printing, of the author's first book, inscribed by Ai on the half-title "To Bill & Deborah, Love Ai (Florence)". This is a review copy with the publisher's review slip and the original photograph of the author, used on the jacket, loosely inserted.
"The poet Ai (1947-2010) was noted for her uncompromising poetic vision and... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 144826
PASTERNAK, Boris, (trans.); Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Faust.
[Leningrad] : 1953First edition of Pasternak's Russian translation of Goethe's masterpiece, presentation copy inscribed to a close friend and fellow poet, "to one of the most interesting people and the best poets of the present times, Simon Chikovani, with love and devotion, B. Pasternak, 9 February 1954", on the front free endpaper.
Chikovani (1902-1966) was... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 132166
BOWLES, Paul. Next to Nothing.
Kathmandu : 1976First and limited edition, number "1C" of 500 copies. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Lawrence, So here it is, best, Paul 15/iv/77 - Tangier". It is possible that "Lawrence" is Lawrence Delbert Stewart, author of Paul Bowles: The Illumination of North Africa (1974). Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 103483
GRAVES, Robert. Man Does, Woman Is.
London : 1964First edition, signed limited issue, number 95 of 175 signed and numbered by the author, this copy further inscribed by the author to noted Irish arts collector and patron Garech de Brún on the front free endpaper: "To Garech 1975 -Luggala- from Professor Robert Graves St John's Coll, Oxford" with de Brún's armorial bookplate to the front pastedown.... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142715
KANDINSKY, Wassily. Klänge.
Munich : (1913)First edition, first printing, one of 300 numbered copies signed in pencil by Kandinsky (there was also 45 hors commerce). Klänge (Sounds) consists of 38 prose-poems he wrote between 1909 and 1911 and 56 woodcuts he began in 1907. Kandinsky described Klänge as a "musical album". The woodcuts were not merely illustrative, nor were the poems purely... Learn More£80,000.00
Stock Code: 142954
WALDMAN, Anne. Baby Breakdown.
New York : 1970First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "For Joe, where would I be without you!! Anne, Nov. 23/70". The recipient is the writer and artist Joe Brainard (1942-1994) with whom Waldman wrote Self Portrait (1972) - a great Beat association.
Anne Waldman (b.1945) is a writer, experimental poet, and lecturer connected... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 144595
NORSE, Harold (trans.) The Roman Sonnets of G. G. Belli.
Highlands : 1960First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow Beat Generation poet Gerard Malanga "For Gerard, Language & Light keep us going. Love, Harold Norse. San Francisco 19/XI/72".
The inscription was penned a few months after the publication of the first issue of Norse's Bastard Angel Magazine, for which... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 144532
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
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
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
RANSOM, John Crowe. Grace After Meat.
London : 1924First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Miss Laura M. Bragg, with the author's cordial regards, John Crowe Ransom, November 17, 1924". Uncommon inscribed; a great association copy.
Laura Bragg (1881-1978) notably co-founded the Poetry Society of South Carolina in 1920 as part of Charleston's renaissance.... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144237
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
JOHNSON, B. S. Poems Two.
London : 1972First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number R of 26 copies for the author's use only, inscribed on the limitation page "R is for Rayner Heppenstall. 35/3/72". The recipient was British experimentalist and BBC radio producer Rayner Heppenstall (1911-1981). A further 100 copies were thus specially bound, numbered, and signed. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144147
HEANEY, Seamus. Night Drive.
Bow, Crediton : 1970First edition, sole impression, number 38 of 100 copies printed, and one of 55 with a poem inscribed in full in the author's manuscript facing the half-title (in this case the mildly erotic poem "Undine"), each signed and dated on the colophon.
Night Drive was published as part of Gilbertson's Manuscript Series, which also produced similar editions... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 141969
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Posthumous Poems.
London : 1824First edition, first issue (without errata slip), in a very striking binding by Zaehnsdorf with their gilt stamp to the rear pastedown denoting exhibition-worthy work, and with appealing fin-de-siècle provenance (see below).
Edited by Mary Shelley, this collection contains hitherto unpublished poems - Julian and Maddalo (with its evocation of... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 141182
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; and 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. Learn More£1,250.00
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
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
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
BAWDEN, Edward, illus.; M. G. Lloyd Thomas (ed.) Travellers' Verse.
London : 1946First edition, first impression, signed by Bawden on the top forecorner of the front free endpaper (suggestive, though not definitely so, of an ownership inscription). This anthology of travellers' verse from across the centuries, attractively illustrated with lithographs by Bawden, was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series (general... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143690
AMIS, Kingsley. A Look Round the Estate:
London : 1967First edition, first impression, inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow author and bibliophile "John Baxter, from Kingsley Amis, drinking at a quiet pace".
Baxter recounts the circumstances of his Amis collection being signed in his entertaining memoir A Pound of Paper (2002). Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 142957
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
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
BROOKE, Rupert; Lascelles Abercrombie; John Drinkwater; Wilfred Wilson Gibson. [Complete set of] New Numbers.
Ryton, Dymock, Gloucester : 1914First editions, first impressions; the first volume inscribed by Drinkwater on the title page "John Drinkwater Chicago December 1932". The four issues comprising the complete run of New Numbers include 41 poems, 15 of which are by Rupert Brooke. The majority of the poems in Brooke's 1914 and Other Poems first appeared here, including the first publication... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 142645
GINSBERG, Allen. The Fall of America.
San Francisco : 1972First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscrutably inscribed on the title page, "Feb 4, 1973, Allen - Bold Tattle, What?! We'll all live to see what it means, happily! Allen Ginsberg". The title page also has the ownership inscription of the recipient, Allen de Zouch. The Fall of America was published as number 30 in City Lights's Pocket Poets... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 143357
OSWALD, Alice. Dart.
London : 2002First edition, first impression, presentation copy to her fellow poet Pat Borthwick, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Pat love from Alice O. Ledbury 2009". Oswald's book-length poem, winner of the 2002 T. S. Eliot Prize, documents the River Dart in Devon over three years. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 142589
YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and other poems.
London : 1889First edition, first impression, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To James A. Healy, most of the subscribers for the book were found by John O'Leary, the Fenian leader. W. B. Yeats." James Augustine Healy (1890-1975) was an Irish-American stockbroker, bibliophile, and patron of Irish writers, who donated the James Augustine Healy Collection... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 112219
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
KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886-1929.
New York : 1930First and signed limited US edition, number 459 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper, it is uncommon in the jackets. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142948
MACARTNEY, Frederick T. Collection of ten works.
1912-58A remarkable collection of scarce works by influential Australian poet and critic Frederick T. Macartney (1887-1980), four of which signed, all in notably bright condition.
Macartney was a noted critic across the early 20th century. He "valued his poetry far above his other literary endeavours and was a craftsman, ranging diversely from philosophy... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 142582
HEANEY, Seamus. An Open Letter.
Derry : 1983First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page: "Seamus Heaney March 1983". Heaney's poem was penned as an objection to his representation as a British poet in Andrew Motion and Blake Morrison's Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry (1982). Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 142603
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Elogio de la sombra.
Buenos Aires : 1969First edition, one of 6,000 copies published on 24 August 1969, presentation copy signed by Borges in his blind hand on p. 13, and inscribed around this in the hand of his mother: "A una amiga admirable Maria del Carmen Ezcurra, Leonor Acevedo de Borges, Oct: 10/1969".
As often in Borges's later presentation copies, the inscription was penned... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 141352
BELL, Robert Anning (illus.) English Lyrics from Spenser to Milton.
London : 1898First edition thus, illustrated by Bell, part of George Bell & Sons' Endymion Series, in an attractive arts and crafts binding. The binding is not signed, the "M.S." initials could be that of the binder, or simply in homage to Milton and Spenser.
Artist, illustrator and designer Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933) was an early member of the Arts... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 142777
RODKER, John. Hymns.
London : 1920First edition, number 8 of 15 copies printed on Japan Vellum and signed by Rodker, from a total edition of 190 copies. This is the rarest and most deluxe issue of these modernist poems, which constitute Rodker's second collection, printed by Rodker himself at his own Ovid Press, with woodcut initials by Edward Wadsworth. The last time a copy of this... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 142357
MATISSE, Henri (illus.); Charles of Orléans. Poèmes de Charles d'Orléans.
Paris : 1950First edition thus, first printing, number 1127 of 1,230 copies on vélin d'Arches signed by Matisse on the limitation page. This work was entirely composed by Matisse, reproducing his manuscript version of the medieval poetry by the Duke of Orléans (1394-1465), including some of his rondeaux, chansons, and ballads.
The Duke was taken prisoner... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 142638
YEATS, W. B. The Poems.
New York : 1949First and signed limited variorum edition, number 337 of 375 copies signed by the author. It was published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader Thomas... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 136963
WILLIAMS, William Carlos. The Tempers.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, rare early presentation copy inscribed by Williams on the front free endpaper, "L. T. G. from William Carlos Williams 4/14/19". The recipient was Leroy Truman Goble, identified by his illustrated book plate for "The Gobles" designed by Franz von Baryos to the front pastedown. Goble was an American photographer and amateur... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 142738
HEANEY, Seamus. Hailstones.
Dublin : 1984First edition, signed limited issue, one of 250 unnumbered cloth-bound copies signed by the author on the title page; here additionally inscribed by Heaney "Mary - fine girl y'are! Seamus" under his signature. The recipient was Heaney's friend Mary Conley Downe.
Downe founded, with her husband Edward, the Irish Clifden Arts Festival, now the... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142605
MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt (trans.) The Tale of Beowulf.
Hammersmith : 1895First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, in gorgeous condition, and inscribed by Morris in the year of publication on the second blank, "to Robert W. Smith, from William Morris, Sept: 24th 1895". The Kelmscott Beowulf is already a scarce book (300 copies were printed on paper, as here, with a further eight on vellum),... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 141603
MESENS, Édouard Léon Théodore. Troisième Front.
London : 1944First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "A mon vieil ami Jacques Bernard Brunius, 'Nous avons mis vingt ans trente ans, A vivre avec ingénuité, Force et ingéniosité...' En toute affection, E. L. T. Mesens. 9 Avril 1944". This bilingual publication, with French and English facing texts, is number 8 of 500... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140447
PRÉVERT, Jacques. Paroles.
Paris : 1945 [i.e. 1946]First edition, first printing, one of 324 copies on rives paper, Jacques Brunius's copy of one of Prévert's best known collection of poems. They were first published separately in various magazines from around 1930, and were, partially and amateurishly, collected by students from Rheims at the end of the war. The poems were officially gathered in 1945... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 140435
AMIS, Kingsley. Bright November.
London : 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£975.00
Stock Code: 139744