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  1. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £300

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  2. 77017comp
    Third printing, originally published in 1970. Inscribed by the poet Alan Brownjohn in the margin above his section of the anthology (p. 263), "Signed for Nicholas Gammage - with all good wishes to you and for your poetry - Alan Brownjohn, 24th January 1974". Brownjohn and Gammage were both friends with Ted Hughes, who also... Learn More
    £65

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  3. 128437
    First edition, first impression. Viola Garvin (1898-1969) was an English poet who served as literary editor at The Observer from 1926 to 1942. This was her third and final book. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to half-title and notations on rear panel. Learn More
    £45

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  4. 118719
    An exceptional complete collection of the publications of the Fantasy Press, Oxford, including scarce early works of poetry by Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Geoffrey Hill, Elizabeth Jennings, Thom Gunn, Adrienne Cecil Rich, Anthony Thwaite, Adrian Mitchell, and many others. The publications of the Fantasy Press, established... Learn More
    £5,250

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  5. Travellers' Verse.
    First edition, first impression, of the anthology compiled by Margaret Gwyneth Lloyd Thomas (1899-1978), Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 97286

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  6. 123869
    Corrected proof sheets, with manuscript and typewritten annotations on 23 pages, the majority in McAlmon's hand. McAlmon makes changes to both the formatting and language of the poems, proving an insight into his writing method. The Portrait of a Generation was published in 1926 by his own Contact Publishing Company in an... Learn More
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  7. 123843
    First edition of this gift book, which includes many works by Lord Byron, the abolitionist John Bicknell and extracts from contemporary travel books, such as "A Coffee House at Sarabuse described". Completing the work is an illustrated memoranda for 1826, listing important events which took place on certain days in each... Learn More
    £275

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  8. 123977
    First edition, first impression, of Graves's first book, published when he was serving as a subaltern in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the First World War, shortly after his first meeting with fellow poet and Fusilier Siegfried Sassoon. This first impression was published on 1 May 1916. There was a second impression in... Learn More
    £975

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  9. 123743comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, with an autograph Christmas card signed by Betjeman in English and Gaelic loosely inserted. A lovely association copy owned by the Irish architectural historian, writer and poet Maurice Craig (1919-2011), with his bookplate to the front pastedown... Learn More
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  10. 124035
    First edition, first impression. This anthology of poems about travel from across the centuries includes poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley, W. B. Yeats, and Alfred Lord Tennyson, amongst other authors. It was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series, which was edited by W. J. Turner and Sheila Shannon. Learn More
    £175

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  11. 83569
    First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker... Learn More
    £5,750

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  12. 122089
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

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  13. 122141
    First and sole edition, first printing. A Spanish-language version of Graves's paper at a conference held at the Ateneo de Madrid 3 March 1964, "The Phenomenon of Mass Tourism". "Postscript, 1965" in Graves's Majorca Observed (1965) is largely a translation of this speech. It is also republished in The Crane Bag (1969). Learn More
    £275

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  14. 122139comp
    First and sole edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. One of 200 copies, privately distributed, Treasure Box was Graves's first book of poetry after demobilisation following the First World War. Learn More
    £1,250

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  15. 104594
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of 14 poems parodying the work of Humbert Wolfe, who had irritated Sassoon for various reasons. Pinchbeck was a cheap alloy used for Victorian brooches; the pseudonym therefore suggested a fake poet. The book was published on 15 May 1931 in an edition of 1,000 copies. Learn More
    £125

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  16. 101500
    First edition, first impression, of the author's second book, a collection of poetry based on his experiences during the First World War. Learn More
    £175

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  17. 121077
    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
    £275

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  18. Specimens of Scottish Literature 1325-1835.
    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy. This volume compiles a wide selection of Scottish writing from the Early, Middle, and Modern Scots periods between 1325 and 1835, along with substantial critical apparatus. Learn More
    £100

    Stock Code: 86913

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  19. The Works. In Prose and Verse with Preface and Notes.
    The Anniversary edition. Limited to 1250 sets of which this is number 146. This edition was issued as a celebration of Hardy's 80th year. Unusual in a contemporary binding. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 17846

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  20. Land of Unlikeness.
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 6 of 26 copies printed on Dacian paper and signed by the author, from a total edition of 250 copies. Land of Unlikeness is Lowell's first book of poetry. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 100131

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  21. 96758
    First edition, with the rare dust jacket, and an autograph letter signed from Graves laid-in discussing the book; one of 1,000 copies printed. Graves writes, "This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not... Learn More
    £2,500

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  22. Poems.
    First collected edition, first impression, containing 12 poems and a one-act play previously unpublished in book form. Learn More
    £675

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  23. Cromwell: A Prize Poem.
    First edition, first printing, of the author's second separate publication (following the rare Alaric at Rome, 1840), marking Arnold's receipt of the Newdigate Prize while at Balliol College. With the ownership signature of the philosopher Richard Congreve, then a student at Wadham College, Oxford, and a former pupil of... Learn More
    £575

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  24. 91499comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 22 of 40 copies signed by the poet, of this collection of satirical poetry. The trade edition was published simultaneously. Learn More
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  25. 75440
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to alexander trocchi, inscribed by the author on the front of the card folder, "For Alex from Christopher". The two writers met in Paris during the early 1950s, when Logue joined the staff of Trocchi's literary magazine Merlin. Logue later wrote: "Between 1952 and 1955 I... Learn More
    £375

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  26. 118733comp
    First edition, sole printing, presentation copy of Faulkner's first book. This copy has been inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Dink Cearley from Bill Faulkner" and also signed and dated 31 December 1924 on the title page. C. L. ("Dink") Cearley was in 1924 the 19-year-old son of Abb W. Cearley (69 years old, married... Learn More
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  27. 118725
    First editions. The dedication to Reliques, though signed by Percy, was written by Samuel Johnson. Johnson had in fact offered to do much more, but the task of helping Percy select and annotate the material fell instead to Shenstone. "Most of Percy's contemporaries welcomed the Reliques as a powerful blast of fresh air.... Learn More
    £1,250

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  28. 118717
    First complete edition, limited issue, including the first printing of any of the final volume; one of 150 numbered sets, the vast majority of which were either issued bound as one or suffered the same fate after purchase. Sets in their original state are rare, only one such example appearing at auction in 30 years. With... Learn More
    £850

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  29. 118716
    First edition, large paper issue, one of 25 copies only on handmade paper and bound in four parts. With a pencilled note on the front free endpaper dated March 1887 stating this to have been the first set delivered to the publishers and given by one of them - Albert Ellis - to the writer of the note. It was published simultaneously... Learn More
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  30. 50076comp
    First edition, first printing, signed limited issue, presentation copy, this copy unnumbered and specially bound and signed by the author on the half-title, and additionally inscribed on the title page "For Dos & Betty with love, Archie, December 1954". The recipients were the writer John Dos Passos, author of the U.S.A.... Learn More
    £640

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  31. Life Studies.
    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Francis Mattson, Robert Lowell"; the recipient is almost certainly the Curator of the Berg Collection, New York Public Library. Life Studies, including one of Lowell's most celebrated poems, "Skunk Hour", was originally... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 89537

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  32. Cubist Poems.
    First edition, limited issue. One of 100 copies, of which 50 were for sale, this copy unnumbered. This is the first published literary work by Max Weber (1881-1961), the Jewish-American artist generally credited with introducing European avant-garde movements, including primitivism and Cubism, to the American art scene.... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 93924

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  33. 83519
    An extraordinary extra-illustrated copy on large paper. The Anti-Jacobin was a unique project, a journal to commend the policies of Pitt's government and condemn the revolutionary cause. Its editor was William Gifford, and the main collaborators were George Canning, John Hookham Frere, and Charles Ellis. The original periodical... Learn More
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  34. 83809
    First edition of Arnold's first collection, one of only 500 copies printed. "In 1847 Arnold became personal secretary to a leading Whig politician, Lord Lansdowne, an undemanding post that brought him into the world of high society and allowed him ample time to cultivate the gifts he was discovering in himself as a poet.... Learn More
    £450

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  35. 35075

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    Alderney: 1962

    First edition, sole printing, number 4 of 100 copies only, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his friend Harry Griffiths, and additionally inscribed with an unpublished holograph poem. The presentation inscription to the verso of the title page reads: "Harry Griffiths heart and arrow device Tim White". White has... Learn More
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  36. 42113comp
    First edition, signed limited issue of 350 copies, signed by the author on the colophon. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "For Benjamin Boshes, with best wishes, Thomas Kinsella". The recipient was Doctor Benjamin Boshes, chairman emeritus of the neurology department at Northwestern University... Learn More
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  37. 116978comp
    First and limited edition, first impression, one of 500 copies. Inscribed by the authors on the title page to Dr Philip Murray. Longley writes "Dr Philip, blessings, Michael Longley", to which Heaney adds "more blessings, Seamus Heaney". Murray was an Irish bibliophile whose collection was sold in 2016 in Ireland's largest-ever... Learn More
    £250

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  38. 116609comp
    Corrected proof copy, with the author's handwritten corrections to the text in ink, excitedly inscribed by him on the limitation page "First copy of my first book", and marked "Proof copy" in ink and "not for sale" in pencil on the front cover. It was to be published in a limited edition of 307 copies on 4 May 1941, and... Learn More
    £150

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  39. 116578
    Offprint, limited issue, number 300 of 350 copies. This collection of 19 poems printed in both French and English translation was first published in the biannual Italian literary journal Botteghe Oscure, which featured poetry and prose in five languages. Laid in is a four page promotional leaflet for Char's works. Learn More
    £225

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  40. 116364comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by author on the half-title, "To Stephen Gwynn from Wilfrid Gibson". It is likely that the recipient was the Irish journalist, politician, and poet Stephen Lucius Gwynn (1864-1950). This collection features poems inspired by the First World War, in which both... Learn More
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  41. 116647comp
    First and limited edition, number 1,167 of 1,240 copies. Presentation copy to T. S. Eliot, inscribed by the author on half-title, "A T. S. Eliot avec l'admiration constante de Georges Cattaui". In 1936 Cattaui translated "Journey of the Magi" and "The Hollow Men" for publication in Mesures and was in correspondence with... Learn More
    £375

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  42. 116479comp
    First and limited edition, deluxe issue, number 5 of 50 copies on Fabriano handmade paper. Learn More
    £275

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  43. 116386
    Roving Eye Press was initially founded in the late 1920s by Bob Brown and co-managed by his wife Rose. It was part of a larger literary and artistic movement of small presses that served the modernist avant-garde, including..."> First and sole edition of this book of poems, which are listed as "Stops" alphabetically by location.
    Roving Eye Press was initially founded in the late 1920s by Bob Brown and co-managed by his wife Rose. It was part of a larger literary and artistic movement of small presses that served the modernist avant-garde, including... Learn More
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  44. 116294
    First edition of this anthology (misspelt "anathology" on the spine label) which features the works of Derzhavin, Batiushkov, Lomonosov, Zhukovsky, Karamsin, Dmitriev, Krilov, Khemnitzer, Bobrov, Bogdanovich, Davidov, Kostrov, and Neledinsky Meletzky, as well as national songs. Learn More
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  45. The Far Familiar.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 113204

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  46. Steam Press Portfolio No. 2.
    First edition, number 17 of 50 copies, with each broadside numbered and signed by Steadman, and all the poems signed by their respective authors (Alan Stillitoe, Lawrence Durrell, Lyman Andrews, Asa Benveniste, Sylvia Plath, and Ruth Fainlight), except Plath's for obvious reasons. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 113954

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  47. The King of the Great Clock Tower.
    First US edition, first printing. It was first published by the Cuala Press the preceding year. Learn More
    £150

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  48. Collected Poems.
    First edition, first impression, containing some previously unpublished poems. Learn More
    £125

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  49. The Children.
    First edition of this collection of essays. Alice Meynell (1847-1922) was an English writer, critic, and suffragist, perhaps now best known for her poetry. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 108075

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  50. Work In Hand.
    First edition, first impression, later issue with the publisher's overprice sticker to the dust jacket front flap. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 108978

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  51. The Destroyer, and A Cargo of Notions.
    First edition, first impression, signed by Kerr in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, of this collection of naval poetry. Admiral Mark Edward Frederic Kerr CB, CVO (1864-1944) was, at the time of publication, commander of the H.M.S. Invincible. He acted in the First World War as both a Royal Navy and a Royal... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 109644

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  52. Walking to Sleep.
    First UK edition, first impression, advance review copy with the publisher's review slip laid in. Originally published in the US in 1969. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 104308

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  53. Life Quest.
    First edition, first impression. From the library of Australian painter Albert Tucker (1914-1999), with his signature, dated 1943, to the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 104459

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  54. The Book of Ruth; [with] KEATS, John. Isabella; or, The pot of basil. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1898
    First edition thus of both works. Attractive examples of 1890s book production, both volumes with striking designs by the Scottish artist and illustrator William Brown Macdougall (1868-1936), a member of the prestigious New English Art Club. Learn More
    £1,250

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  55. Dispersal Point.
    First edition, third printing. From the library of Australian painter Albert Tucker (1914-1999), with his signature to front free endpaper. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 104461

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  56. A Silly Thing To Do.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 44 of 50 copies numbered and signed by the author. It was designed by Ralph Steadman and specially printed on Flake Parchment. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103963

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  57. Place and Displacement. Recent Poetry of Northern Ireland.
    First edition, first impression of the text of Heaney's Peter Laver Memorial lecture delivered at Wordsworth Summer Conference on 2 August 1984. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103148

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  58. All the Year Round.
    First edition, first impression, scarce, particularly so in the dust jacket. Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 102959

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  59. Poems and Sonnets.
    First edition, first printing, of the only contemporary collection of Walsh's poetry, decidedly under-represented in British and Irish institutional libraries: Copac lists just 2 copies (British Library, Cambridge). Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103104

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  60. Tennyson.
    First edition, first impression, number 3 in Faber's "The Poets on the Poets" series; a study of Tennyson's Maud. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 103092

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