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  1. 132729comp
    First English-language edition of Neruda's masterpiece, the publisher's copy signed for him by the poet on the front free endpaper, "Pablo Neruda, 1970", with the bookplate of Tom Maschler to front pastedown. Maschler was the head of Jonathan Cape, and a hugely influential figure in 20th-century literature: he had a particular... Learn More
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  2. 133546comp
    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 105 of 375 copies signed by the author, 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... Learn More
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    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network..."> First edition, first printing, inscribed by both the translators on the front free endpaper, "à Francis Poulenc, hommage des traducteurs, Paul Éluard, Louis Parrot", one of the few hors commerce copies, unnumbered as issued, from a total edition of 515 copies.
    This copy brings together a nexus of Franco-Spanish network... Learn More
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    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title "For Olwyn - love from Ted November 1986". The American edition had been published in September 1986, the UK edition in October. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
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  5. 134883comp
    First 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... Learn More
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  6. 132707
    First appearance of the Futurist Manifesto in the author's own multilingual magazine (in Italian, French, and English), first issue bearing "Il Futurismo" on the cover, accompanied by an autograph letter from Marinetti to "a fellow writer" requesting that they send back their judgment of the manifesto and communicate their... Learn More
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    First 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... Learn More
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  8. 130484
    Borges's own copy of Dante's Divine Comedy in the original Italian and annotated by him in Spanish - an exceptional association. Borges has signed this copy five times: to the front endpapers of each volume, and additionally to the engraved half-title recto of the first, and the title page of the third. The front endpapers... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, number 141 of 150 copies printed, each signed by the poet on the limitation leaf. This is one of 140 on hand-made paper (there were also 10 on japon), split between 90 for America (as here) and 50 for the UK. Mardersteig's was a beautiful fine press production bringing together the best of... Learn More
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  10. 134330comp
    First edition, presentation copy from the author to Joseph Gleeson White, inscribed on the front free endpaper on Valentine's Day: "J. Gleeson White from Charles Sayle 'S. Valentine' 1889", along with Gleeson White's bookplate on the front free endpaper. Erotidia, Sayle's second book of poetry, was limited to 220 copies.... Learn More
    £1,350

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    First edition, first printing. Review copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Burt Britton, Joy! Maya Angelou", with the publishers review copy slip loosely inserted. Burt Britton (1933-2018) was an author, book collector, and co-founder of Books & Co. Britton also collected self-portraits, or "self-doodles",... Learn More
    £575

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    Chikovani..."> First 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... Learn More
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    Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection..."> First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "To Barbara, with love John Ashbery, October 19, 1957" on the front free endpaper. The recipient was fellow poet and core member of the New York School of poets Barbara Guest (1920-2006). Some Trees was Ashbery's first collection. The selection... Learn More
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  14. 134110comp
    First edition, first printing, signed by the poet above her name on the title page. Geography III was Bishop's last work and won the Book Critics' Circle Award for 1977. "This volume of nine beautifully crafted poems returns to themes of North and South but with greater intimacy and immediacy" (ANB). Learn More
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  15. 134237comp
    First 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... Learn More
    £750

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  16. 134152comp
    First Rockwell Kent edition, number 475 of 1,250 copies signed by the artist. Learn More
    £275

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    Animal Poems.

    Crediton: [1967]

    First edition, one of 20 copies containing a manuscript poem, this copy with The Hawk in the Rain, additionally signed and numbered by the author, this being number 37, and bound in decorative wrappers. This edition was published with a total limitation of 100, of which six were bound in green morocco with each poem written... Learn More
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    First edition, signed limited issue, number five of ten author's proofs, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total run of 100 copies, of which 60 were for sale. This copy has an additional inscription by Heaney quoting from his poem Fosterling, "Air to brighten, Time to be dazzled, and the heart to lighten",... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, deluxe signed limited issue, number 46 of 50 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author. There were also 350 ordinary copies issued unsigned on Navarre, and 25 hors commerce. Imaginary Letters is one of the exquisitely produced books put out by the Black Sun Press, founded by... Learn More
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  20. 134001comp
    Signed limited edition, number 278 of 350 copies signed by Murdoch and Stone. Learn More
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  21. 131043
    A striking example of Cummings's poetic artwork, unusually signed and located by him on the front, and notable for its dreamlike delineation and almost Fauvist colouring. The rustic tower depicted may be one of Brittany's many windmills.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson... Learn More
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  22. 132178comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his mother in law Yvonne Macnamara on the front free endpaper, "for Yvonne, from Dylan, with love. January, 1947." Thomas and Caitlin lived with her mother, Yvonne, for much of the late 1930s. During this stay Thomas and Yvonne's relationship... Learn More
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    Vigils

    [Bristol: May 1934

    First edition, number 241 of 272 copies signed on the limitation page, this an excellent poetic presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sassoon to Edith Sitwell on the first blank "Edith Sitwell from her friend S.S." and with a tipped-in presentation letter from Sassoon to Sitwell on Heytesbury House stationery, dated... Learn More
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    First edition, first issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to fellow poet Allen Upward (1863-1926) on the front free endpaper, "To Allen Upward from E. P. Sept 1913". Upward was an influential intellectual figure for Pound at this time, "Upward started Pound off in a new direction by putting him on to the Chinese... Learn More
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  25. 132695comp
    First edition, presentation copy inscribed by Éluard "pour Rosamond ce livre où les yeux du peintre sont ouverts à chaque page et entre toutes les pages lignes, très affectueusement, Paul Eluard", presumably Rosamond Bernier (1906-2016) an American journalist, writer and art critic, often crowned "the world's most glamorous... Learn More
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    First edition thus, artist's copy number G of 15 copies on different types of paper reserved to the collaborators and signed by Chimot on the justification page.
    Édouard Chimot (1880-1959) was a French artist, illustrator and editor whose career reached its peak in the 1920s in Paris, through the publication of fine... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 132689

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  27. 133748comp
    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
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  28. 133548comp
    First edition, tête de tirage copy, number one of 30 printed on japon, specially bound in full vellum, and signed by the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, this being his own retained copy. Countess Kathleen was Yeats's second collection, and the first to include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", perhaps his most famous poem.... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Eda, dear Eda, Nancy Cunard, Paris, June 1947". Below the inscription is a pasted in newspaper clipping of a photo of Cunard. The recipient was likely the novelist and friend of Cunard's Eda Lord (1907-1976). This... Learn More
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  30. 132224comp
    First edition, very scarce presentation copy of this first publication by Lauro de Bosis (1901-1931), the anti-fascist Italian poet and translator who was killed defying Mussolini. The inscription, to the first blank, reads: "A Guido Ruberti devoto ommagio di Lauro de Bosis, Roma 8.vii 1924". Ruberti (1885-1955) was an Italian... Learn More
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  31. 132203comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 111 of 325 copies signed by the author, of which 300 were for sale. Heaney's translation of the epic poem Beowulf won the 1999 Whitbread Book of the Year award. The limited edition contains a facsimile of the opening page of the only surviving manuscript of Beowulf, which is currently... Learn More
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  32. 132198comp
    First edition, number 52 of 150 copies on folded hemp paper, signed by Levitt. This is the first Mandrill Press publication, which appears to have published only one other book: Flower-gazer: Japanese poems, printed in 1961.
    This publication, in the Japanese woodblock printing style, brings together Haiku poems... Learn More
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  33. 130403
    "Tagore's visit to Germany in June 1921 was a sensation,..."> 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,... Learn More
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    First Zukofsky edition of Catullus, this the publisher's copy inscribed for him by the Zukofskys under their preface, "Tom Maschler's copy as ever, Celia Zukofsky, Louis Zukofsky in his hand, May 20, 1969". These translations are a significant feature of the experimental output of American poet Louis Zukofsky, who with his... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Ole Tom, very gratefully, Derek, July '69". This was the copy of Tom Maschler, the publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged... Learn More
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  36. 130381comp
    First edition, hors commerce copy inscribed by Cocteau on the front wrapper, "Pour madame de Brontelle respectueux hommage Jean Cocteau". This was the author's first book, published when he was only 19 years old, a poetical collection inspired by the Mille et un nuits. "Cocteau's poetry was at one with his Parisian image... Learn More
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  37. 132611
    Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English..."> First edition, presentation copy with a slip inscribed "Dall'Autore" pasted to the top corner of the title page, of this very scarce Italian translation of the final part of Spenser's Faerie Queene, first published as the Two Cantos of Mutabilitie in 1607. Thomas James Mathias (1753-1835) was an English... Learn More
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  38. 133141comp
    First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "to Clive Bush in memory of a pleasant day in Detroit Gertrude Stein". Portraits and Prayers collects Stein's "word portraits": short biographies, often in verse, of literary and artistic figures. Learn More
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  39. 117956
    Very scarce broadside poem by the "World's Worst Poet", William McGonagall (1825-1902), signed at the head, "Sir. Wm. Topaz. McGonagall. Poet". Gord Bambrick in "The Real McGonagall" acknowledges that "William McGonagall is best known as the world's worst poet. His unique style of versification breaks the laws of rhythm,... Learn More
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  40. 132195
    This..."> First edition illustrated by Roger Ferrero, number 15 of 35 on papier Guarro à la main, from an edition limited to 180 copies, with an original drawing signed, and a suite of illustrations on Japon, signed "Grosclaude" and "RFerrero" on the limitation page, the present work with an extra 3 original drawings by Ferrero.
    This... Learn More
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    First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. A superb association copy, with the humorous gift inscription of Sylvia Lynd, poet and founder of the Book Society, to her husband, critic, and journalist, "Robert Lynd - 27.11.'17. (an unbirthday present.) from S. L." (Robert's actual birthday was 20 April). Both Robert (1879-1949)... Learn More
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    First and signed limited variorum edition, number 64 of 375 copies signed by the author, 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... Learn More
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  43. 118722comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy to a fellow poet, with an original unpublished manuscript poem laid-in. This set is inscribed by Browning in each volume to Frederick Locker-Lampson (1821-1895), the well-connected Victorian poet and bibliophile who was well-acquainted with the likes of Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, Eliot,... Learn More
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  44. 131065
    First edition, number 14 of 90 copies signed and dated by Gysin at the foot. This is a very scarce piece of original Gysin poem-art, bringing his obsession with experimental cut-up techniques to bear upon his own name to create a quasi-incantatory scroll of nonsense. Only two copies are listed on WorldCat, one at SUNY and... Learn More
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    The Edwardians (1930) for the stage...."> Signed limited edition, number 94 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist. A presentation copy additionally inscribed by Sackville-West on the front free endpaper, "For Dorothy, from Vita". A prior owner has identified the recipient as Dorothy Black, the actress who adapted The Edwardians (1930) for the stage.... Learn More
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    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal..."> First and limited edition, signed by Stevens; this one of just 10 copies for review and marked "out of series", from a total edition of 165.

    An excellent association copy: with the pencilled ownership inscription of F. O. Matthiessen on the front free endpaper and some pencilled underlings and occasional marginal... Learn More
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  47. 131565
    First edition, inscribed by Florence Nightingale on the half-title, "Mrs. Webb Watson, with the kind and grateful regards of Florence Nightingale, Dec. 1865". The work was subsequently re-gifted by Webb, "Presented to L. Martin Edmunds by Mrs. Webb Watson". Nightingale's choice of this work as a gift provides insight into... Learn More
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  48. 124421comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy of Atwood's first regularly published book, one of 200 copies issued in wrappers aside from a "Library edition" issue of 50 hardback copies. Atwood has warmly inscribed the half-title, "For Jim Carscallen with thanks for help on earlier MSS., & remembrance of large Vancouver slugs,... Learn More
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  49. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Pete, wherever you are, whoever, FW" and signed by the author over his printed name. Learn More
    £750

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  50. 123152

    Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.

    Riversdale, Willbrook, Rathfarnham, Dublin: 26 September [1934]

    A fascinating letter written by Yeats to his friend William Force Stead (1884-1967), expounding the symbolic meanings in the ring that Yeats had had made for him by Edmund Dulac.
    Stead was an American-born poet, literary scholar, and Anglican clergyman, who studied at Oxford and then became chaplain and fellow at Worcester... Learn More
    £5,500

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  51. 129967
    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... Learn More
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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. North is widely considered to be Heaney's key collection of poems in which he deals directly with the political conflicts in Northern Ireland. The work is uncommon in the present hardback issue. Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Tom Maschler from Louis Zukofsky enjoying his company at home August 31, 1965", and with the copyright dates of previously published works ink-stamped by hand on the copyright page. With Tom Maschler's bookplate, designed... Learn More
    £200

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    First edition, signed limited issue, letter "T" of 25 lettered copies. Presentation copy, additionally inscribed by the author below the "T", "for Tom, as ever, L. Z.'s. August 26 1967". The recipient was Tom Maschler, Zukofsky's usual UK publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate on the front pastedown. Maschler... Learn More
    £200

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  55. 124333comp
    First edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author on the front free endpaper: "Eileen from Ezra full benedictions S. Liz 1949", and with his subsequent inscription, "having been forgot returned and re returned repeat 'benedictions' June 58". A superb relic from the St Elizabeth years: the recipient was Eileen... Learn More
    £10,000

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  56. 127049
    A rare wartime issue of part of Rupert Brooke's best-known poems, "The Dead", printing on a large single sheet the first stanza, beginning "Blow out, you bugles... ". The sheet is signed below on two printed lines over the legend "War Command" Lieutenant-General Sir Fenton Aylmer (1862-1935), recipient of the Victoria Cross... Learn More
    £1,500

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  57. 123172
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher's own copy, number two of 10 copies signed by Leyland, of the first Gay Sunshine Press publication, and one of the earliest openly gay poetry anthologies. This small signed issue was one of 200 hardcover copies, most of which were sold to libraries. This copy... Learn More
    £650

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    Gay Roots.

    San Francisco: 1991-3

    First edition, first printing, Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe signed limited issue, letters B and Z of 26 specially bound copies signed by Leyland, these volumes additionally signed by Leyland on the title pages and deriving from his personal collection. There were also 300 unsigned cloth copies, the vast majority... Learn More
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  59. 131253comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title "Wishing Tom Maschler all happiness with thanks for this "A" love Louis Zukofsky Oct 10 (for Oct 6) 1966 New York". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the book's publisher Jonathan Cape, and was... Learn More
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  60. 122696
    First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated... Learn More
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