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ELIOT, T. S. Murder in the Cathedral.
Canterbury : 1935First edition, first impression, one of 750 copies published May 1935 for sale at the first production of the play in Canterbury Cathedral. The text of the Faber & Faber edition, which was published in June, was slightly altered. The true first edition is now quite scarce, and this is a near-fine example. Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 141449
BUKOWSKI, Charles. Crucifix in a Deathhand. New Poems 1963-65.
New York : 1965First and limited edition of 3,100 copies, this a superb presentation copy from Bukowski, inscribed exuberantly in red and silver paint pen on the page facing the colophon, "For Jerry Cushman, Poems sure, Poems why not, Charles Bukowski, 5-3-65", accompanied by a drawing of a caged flower and a bottle; additionally signed by Bukowski on the half-title... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139612
MILTON, John. The Poetical Works.
London : 1809Second Todd edition, here "with considerable additions", following the first of 1801, the major revision being to the "thorough biographical study of Milton" (ODNB) that appears in volume I. Todd's edition was the standard text for fifty years. A handsomely bound set. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 137760
JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
Hyderabad : 1935First edition, no other copy traced. Group of poems on Islamic themes dedicated to Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar - "The Premier Muslim Ruler in India". Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur (1871-1955)was an Arab-Indian poet, lawyer and bibliophile. In 1887 he became a student at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a B.A. and LL.B... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140973
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Poetical Pieces.
London : 1823First edition, an exquisite copy in a rare and highly unusual contemporary binding, of this posthumous gathering of unsold first editions of Shelley's major works, comprising Prometheus Unbound (1820), Hellas (1822), and Rosalind and Helen (1819), as well as the first London edition, second overall, of The Cenci (1821). These titles include among their... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 111619
GRIGSON, Geoffrey (ed.) New Verse.
[London : 1933-9A complete and near-fine run of "the most influential British poetry magazine of the 1930s", with the uncommonly found wraparound band for the W. H. Auden double-issue released in November 1937 (ODNB).
New Verse published "the finest poets of the W. H. Auden generation", such as Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, Dylan Thomas, Kathleen Raine, and... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 141132
ELIOT, T. S. Four Quartets.
London : 1960First Bodoni edition, number 250 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£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137131
(ELIOT, T. S., trans.) PERSE, St. John. Anabasis.
London : 1930First edition, number 6 of 350 copies signed by Eliot on the limitation page. This handsome Faber edition prints Eliot's translation in parallel with the original French text. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 141365
(VERONA PRESS.) CHAGAL, Marc (illus.), and others. The Verona Press Rhyme Sheets 1 - 6.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, of this illustrated collection of poems from modern, ancient Greek, and medieval Chinese poets, including Geoffrey Scott, George Barker, and Frederick Johnston. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 141197
WALCOTT, Derek. In A Green Night.
London : 1962First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the publisher, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Tom Maschler, gratefully, Derek Walcott, Oct 9 64". This was the copy of Tom Maschler, the publisher, with his bookplate to front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 141382
(BLAKE, William.) GRAY, Thomas. William Blake's Water-Colour Designs for the Poems of Thomas Gray.
London : 1972First edition thus, first impression, number 467 of 100 copies reserved for Paul Mellon, from a total edition of 518 copies issued in a range of formats (of which the present copy is one of those "unbound in the French style"), all printed on Arches pure rag paper made specially to match that used by Blake. In this extravagant tour de force Blake used... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 141250
LYTTELTON, George, Lord. The Works.
London : 1776Third and best octavo edition (with the index), first published in 1774 and gathering various political pieces, Lyttelton's "Letters from a Persian in England to his friend in Ispahan", his very popular Dialogues of the Dead, co-written with the bluestocking Elizabeth Montagu, a smattering of poems, and a collection of letters to his father Sir Thomas... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 116436
WAITE, Arthur Edward. Strange Houses of Sleep.
London : 1906First edition, sole impression, number 16 of 250 copies, each signed by the author. Strange Houses of Sleep collects the esoteric poetry (including a lengthy verse drama on the holy grail) of A. E. Waite (1857-1942), popularly known for his creation of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. "Through his critical and historical studies of occultism in all its forms,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 139766
MORRIS, William, & Eiríkr Magnússon (trans.) The Saga Library.
London : 1891-1905First editions, first impressions, scarce found as the complete set, and more usually in sorry state. The culmination of Morris's interest in the medieval literature of Iceland, the Saga Library was translated and edited by Morris together with his friend and scholar Eiríkr Magnússon (1833-1913) and sought to make the material more accessible to an... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 139302
DRAKE, Leah Bodine. A Hornbook for Witches: Poems of Fantasy.
Sauk City, Wisconsin : 1950First edition, first printing, of the first book of American poet Leah Bodine Drake (1904-1964), a contributor to Weird Tales. Of the edition of 553 copies, 300 were given to the author and 253 for the trade, the small issue making it one of the scarcer of the Arkham House publications, here in exemplary condition. An audiobook by the same... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138972
MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt, translators. The Tale of Beowulf.
Hammersmith : 1895First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, one of 300 copies printed on paper (a further eight copies were issued on vellum). Morris began his translation of the great English epic in 1893, based on a prose rendering by the Anglo-Saxon scholar Alfred J. Wyatt of Christ's College, with whom he consulted over a two... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 138925
YEATS, W. B. The Secret Rose.
London : 1897First edition, first impression, first issue binding with "Lawrence & Bullen" at the foot of spine, scarce in such nice condition. With The Secret Rose Yeats was at the height of his powers as a prose mythographer, bringing together the two key loci of his imagination: the Celtic folklore of his native Ireland, and the alchemical mysteries... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135709
SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queene.
London : 1751First complete and first illustrated edition, including Thomas Birch's Life; Spenser's letter to Walter Raleigh; commendatory verses; numerous dedicatory verses by Spenser; an exact collation of the two original editions of 1590 and 1596 which combine to give the first complete text in one edition including the fragment of Book VII; a glossary; and... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132657
KIPLING, Rudyard. The Works.
London : 1937-39The Sussex Edition, number 101 of a limited edition of 525 sets signed by the author on the limitation leaf of vol. I. In his last years and with his health failing Kipling continued the gathering-up of existing material that resulted in "the great retrospective work... the Sussex Edition of his works, undertaken by Macmillan as a monument to one of... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130733
(SAPPHO.) CARMAN, Bliss. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics.
Toronto : 1905First edition, first printing, Canadian issue published in 1905 using the sheets of the first edition published in Boston in 1904. The colophon on the title page verso restates the first edition's imprint, being one of 500 copies (this number 453) printed in 1903 "with the type distributed". Both the US and Canadian issues are scarce, the latter apparently... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 141178
YEATS, W. B. The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems.
London : 1889First edition, first issue, a major literary association copy, inscribed by Yeats on the front free endpaper, "To the poet of the North Countrie, Joseph Skipsey, with the author's kind regards". In addition, Yeats has made minor corrections to the text on four pages. The inscription shows Yeats's admiration for the Newcastle pitman poet, whom he honours... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 140222
BRADBURY, Ray. Original autograph manuscript poem, [published as "Why Viking Lander, Why the Planet Mars?"]
Hollywood, CA : [c. 19] June 1976A wonderful original manuscript poem by Ray Bradbury, showing one of the great imaginations of American science fiction engaging directly and in real time with a major event in space exploration.
In mid-June 1976, Ray Bradbury, author of the Martian Chronicles (1950), was invited to the Disney projection room in Hollywood to witness the... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 139775
CARROLL, Lewis. Phantasmagoria.
London : 1869First edition, first issue. One of 28 presentation copies sent out by Dodgson on 7 Januray 1869, inscribed by the author in brown ink on the half-title: "T. Heaphy, Esq. with the Author's Kind regards. Jan. 1869". The recipient was Thomas Frank Heaphy the Younger (1813-1873), a well regarded portrait and narrative painter whose name figures heavily... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137829
HUGHES, Ted. Tales From Ovid.
London : 1998First edition, signed limited issue, signed by the author; this is the binder's copy, marked "0/5". The signed limited edition consisted of 310 copies, of which 10 were reserved for the author. This work was the winner of the 1997 Whitbread Book of the Year award. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138031
BUNYAN, John. The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come:
London : 1682A rare lifetime edition, the eighth overall and one of the earliest obtainable, of "one of the most widely read texts in the English language" (Stableford, p. 56), first published in 1678. Often shared between readers, copies were read repeatedly; few survive and all lifetime editions are rare. Harrison calculated there are 38 known copies of the seven... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 136155
SANDERS, Ed. Fuck God in the Ass.
New York : 1967First edition, one of 500 copies of the "trade" issue of this thoroughly blasphemous and obscene product of the mimeograph revolution, comprising erotic poems by Ed Sanders (b.1939), leader of The Fugs, printed on lurid pink paper at his own Fuck You Press. The colophon on the rear advertises, aside from the trade edition, ten copies of the "Rough Trade... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141012
MACPHERSON, John. Critical dissertations on the origin, antiquities, language, government, manners, and religion, of the ancient Caledonians, their posterity the Picts, and the British and Irish Scots.
London : 1768First edition of the author's most important work, his posthumously published response to the Ossian controversy, written in part as a defence of the Ossianic poems but also to encourage wider appreciation of Scottish culture and literature.
A Scottish minister and a recognized Celtic authority on antiquities, Macpherson had met James Macpherson... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 140867
BUKOWSKI, Charles; Michael Montfort; Gerry Locklin. Poop.
Ventura : 2003First edition, first printing, number 42 of 100 copies only. Bukowski's heretofore unpublished poem, Poop, reminisces about his uncomfortable childhood relationship with his parents and its ensuing constipation. It is accompanied by pictures of the writer taken by Michael Montfort over a decade of friendship and drinking, "you should enjoy... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 140947
MARCEAU, Marcel. Les rêveries de Bip.
Paris : 1978First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title "A Hubert Juin, de tout coeur, Bip flower, Marcel Marceau 1978". Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) was a French actor and mime artist most famous for his stage persona as "Bip the Clown". The recipient, in fact Hubert Loescher (1926-1987), was a Belgian poet, novelist,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140934
(GRAVES, Robert, ed.) HARDY, Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, et al. The Owl.
London : 1919-23First editions, first impressions, the first number being from the very scarce signed limited issue, one of 24 unnumbered copies signed by the 18 contributors: Max Beerbohm, George Belcher, Pamela Biano, W. H. Davies, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, Eric Kennington, J. Masefield, Robert Nichols, Nancy Nicholson, W. Nicholson, William Orpen,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 139992
(WORLD WAR I.) Pages de Guerre.
Paris : 1915-16First edition, first printing, one of 100 on Japon paper, this one unnumbered. This illustrated collection of poems from the First World War was sold for the benefit of artists and craftsmen of the book industry who were wounded in that war. The contributing authors include Émile Verhaeren for Crime allemand, Léon Bloy for Nous ne sommes... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140915
(BASKIN, Leonard.) HUGHES, Ted. Moortown Elegies.
London : 1978First edition, first impression, letter M of 26 extra-limited copies lettered A-Z, inscribed by the author on the limitation page to his sister, "For Olwyn, Ted Hughes". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established the Rainbow Press... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 126485
FIELD, Alice Withrow. Poems.
London : 1932First edition, number 35 of 250 copies only. Alice Withrow Field (1909-1960) was a sex researcher, criminologist and social scientist, whose seminal work Protection of Women and Children in Soviet Russia was also published in 1932. Her papers are now held at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University.... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139595
DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
London : 1819Second and best edition of one of the most important translations of Dante of the Romantic era, following the very scarce first edition which appeared in 1814 in such a diminutive format that it was barely legible. When found, copies of this larger format edition are more usually seen rebound or with repair - this example survives unmolested in attractive... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 139500
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Edition of The Sonnets.
London : 1974Signed limited edition, number 46 of 260 copies, signed on the introduction leaf by the actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft and on the limitation leaf by the calligrapher. Attractively bound, this edition of the sonnets is printed in calligraphic form, since, as Ashcroft writes in her introduction, "when first written the Sonnets circulated 'among his private... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 140828
OXENFORD, Edward. Cat-Tales.
New York : [c. 1885]First and only edition of this lovely late 19th-century chromolithographed collection of poems for children. Rare, Worldcat locates two copies only (Philadelphia and Victoria, Australia); we were unable to trace any copies on Library Hub. Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 140673
(GRAVES, Robert, ed.) HARDY, Thomas, Siegfried Sassoon, et al. The Owl.
London : 1919-23First editions, first impressions, the first number being from the very scarce signed limited issue, one of 24 unnumbered copies signed by the 18 contributors: Max Beerbohm, George Belcher, Pamela Biano, W. H. Davies, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy, Eric Kennington, J. Masefield, Robert Nichols, Nancy Nicholson, W. Nicholson, William Orpen,... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 139994
WILDE, Oscar. De Profundis.
London : 1905First edition, one of 200 copies of the deluxe issue on handmade paper and specially bound, this being a particularly scarce presentation copy from Robert Ross with his compliments slip laid in.
De Profundis was the only literary work Wilde produced during his two years in Reading Gaol (1895-97), being eventually published five years after his death... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140889
(FLINT, William Russell, illus.) HERRICK, Robert. One Hundred and Eleven Poems.
London : 1955First edition, number 529 of 445 copies bound thus; a further 105 signed copies with eight extra plates were also issued, all printed at the artist's expense. Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was described by Charles Wheeler, president of the Royal Academy, as an artist of "a steady hand, keen eye and gay spirit in a shaky world" (ODNB). His illustrations... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140576
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works.
London : 1839First collected edition, highly desirable in a contemporary binding in such nice condition. Mary Shelley's collected edition of her husband's poetical works established Shelley finally and irreversibly amongst the great poets of the English language. Pirate editions of Shelley's works had persuaded his father, Sir Timothy, that all hope of obscurity... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140275
MAGALLON, Xavier de. L'Ombre.
[Paris] : 1934First edition thus, first printing, number XIV of 26 copies on Arches, with an original Moreau-inspired etching of angel-airman falling numbered 6/120 and signed by Pierre Pascal; from a total edition limited to 110 copies.
This poetic tribute to an airman killed in the First World War, was written by Xavier de Magallon (1866-1956), marquis of Magallon... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 140842
(DUNCAN, Isadora.) DUNOYER DE SEGONZAC, André (illus.), & Fernand Divoire. Dessins sur les danses d'Isadora Duncan.
Paris : [c. 1910]First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by both authors on the verso of front wrapper "A Monsieur G. de Pawlowski, en hommage, D. Divoire; Hommage de A. D. de Segonzac". This is one of 32 copies only, this one unnumbered, of Segonzac's drawings of Isadora Duncan's dance moves. Duncan theorised a completely new form of dance that originated... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 140825
(JAPANESE FAIRY TALES.) The Wooden Bowl.
Tokyo : First edition thus, second overall, in large format and on crêpe-paper (the crêpeing process was applied after printing), and the 16th title in Hasegawa's "Fairy Tale" books series, published between 1885 and 1903. The Wooden Bowl tale was first published in 1887, on plain paper, and reprinted around two years later in the same format.
Takejirō... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 140781
GRAVES, Robert. Life of the Poet Gnaeus Robertulus Gravesa.
Deià : 1990Signed limited edition, one of 150 numbered copies hand printed and bound in vellum. Signed on the limitation page by the printer Tomás Graves, the illustrator Alice Meyer Wallace, and the binder Carmen García-Gutierrez. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 140812
SASSOON, Siegfried. Something About Myself.
Worcester : 1966First edition, first impression, printed on the occasion of the author's 80th birthday from the manuscript of More Poems which Sassoon wrote in 1897, when he was 11 years old. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 140753
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). The work is exquisitely illustrated in a notably Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who likewise designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 135808
ELDRIDGE, Paul. I Bring a Sword.
New York : 1945First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed one the half-title, "For Dorothy Tierney Keith, Very cordially, Paul Elridge". Dorothy Tierney was an American actor who appeared in many Broadway plays, including My Golden Girl (1920), The Checkerboard (1920) and Dawn (1924); she was the fourth wife... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 139312
PATCHEN, Kenneth & Charles Mingus. The Living Theatre Presents - The Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop with Kenneth Patchen.
New York : 1959"In the last two weeks of March 1959, the jazz bassist Charlie Mingus and the beat poet Kenneth Patchen performed on stage together at the Living Theatre in New York City. Mingus and his band improvised to jazz themes at the back, while Patchen read simultaneously from his poetry at the front. The Patchen/Mingus performances marked the climax of the... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 130511
(ROBINSON, W. Heath.) KIPLING, Rudyard. A Song of the English.
London : [c.1915]A handsome copy of Kipling's classic, with Robinson's superb illustrations. "This poem originally appeared in The English Illustrated Magazine, May, 1893, prior to its inclusion in The Seven Seas" (Livingston, p. 74), three years later, from which this edition is reprinted. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 139898
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
London : 1933Second and enlarged edition, first printing, presentation copy, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, "To Elinor Loring, with best wishes, Wystan Auden. Nov. 1933"; rarely encountered inscribed. First published in 1930, this revised edition contains seven new poems.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139518