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  1. 132221
    First edition, first impression, of C. S. Lewis's rare first book, a collection of war poetry with a Miltonic twist. This poetry collection, published when Lewis was only 20 years old, was inspired by his experiences in the trenches, but made complex by a superstructure of Christian faith with which the shocked, imaginative... Learn More
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  2. 127527
    First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed".... Learn More
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  3. 126850
    First edition. Scarce, with only 11 locations on OCLC. A lavishly produced copy the first edition of these works by Suleyman Zati, clearly specially produced for presentation, since the printers have deliberately omitted the opening title device and a new design has been hand painted in its place. The attractive binding... Learn More
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  4. 123945comp
    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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  5. 118428detail
    First Baskerville edition, finely printing the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century bce. This copy, which is notably unrestored (surviving copies are usually heavily dilapidated or rebacked), has... Learn More
    £975

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  6. The Charge of the Light Brigade.
    First separate edition, extremely scarce in this format, one of 1,000 copies published for distribution to the troops in the Crimea, with a note in manuscript at the foot of the mount: "My father Col. Adolphus Burton C.B. was in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. G.D.B. his eldest daughter, Grace, whose married... Learn More
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  7. 132609
    First editions, all published, of this important but ill-fated Romantic periodical, conceived by Shelley, compiled by Byron and Leigh Hunt in Pisa after Shelley's death, and published by the Hunt brothers in London. It contains the first appearances of Byron's "Vision of Judgement" (satirizing Southey's own and incurring... Learn More
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  8. 132574
    First 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 printed in 1903 "with the type distributed". Both the US and Canadian issues are scarce, the... Learn More
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  9. 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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  10. 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
    £1,250

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  11. 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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  12. 130878
    First edition with the unexpurgated original text, the second overall following a substantially censored first edition in 1915. Before the 1917 revolution Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930) had been a "regular scandal-maker" (his own words) of the Futurist school, but by 1918 his revolutionary voice found endorsement in this... Learn More
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  13. 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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  14. 132842
    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce anthology of German and Italian poetry translated into English by noted Victorian fantasy writer George MacDonald, including the Spiritual Songs of Novalis. Also presented are English renditions of Luther, Schiller, Goethe, Heine, Petrarch, Milton (from his Italian), and others.... 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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  16. 132563
    First complete edition of this collection of contemporary German poetry, gathering 73 poems alongside 20 biographical accounts of the authors. A portion of the collection, translated by Benjamin Beresford, was published in 1801-1803 in Berlin; its popularity led to this expanded edition, with new translations by Joseph Charles... Learn More
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  17. 131878comp
    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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  18. 132455
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of Malaysian poetry, with the text printed in both the original language and English translations by the colonial police officer Arthur Wedderburn Hartwig "Haji" Hamilton (1887-1967), who arrived in Malaya in 1909 and joined the Malayan Police. He became fluent in Malay and... Learn More
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  19. 131990
    First edition printed with the types of Bodoni; first published in two parts at Naples in 1780-86. "A Neapolitan general, Vicenzo Imperiale... presents La Faoniade: Inni ed odi di Saffo as a translation of a previously unknown work by Sappho, newly discovered in true Ossianic fashion by 'the famous Russian scholar Ossur,'... Learn More
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  20. 131642
    First illustrated edition, with Hanoverian provenance, from the library of Princess Augusta of Cambridge (1822-1916), granddaughter of George III and by marriage Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, with her crowned initials to covers, stamp to title page, and Christmas gift inscription (dated 1841) presenting the book... Learn More
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  21. 131730
    First edition, first printing, 4,282 copies were published. "Perhaps no one at home or in exile made claim to Pushkin's legacy more faithfully than Nabokov. Born one hundred years after Pushkin in 1899, Nabokov adopted him as his personal muse and never abandoned that calling. He took Pushkin as his fellow traveler on every... Learn More
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  22. 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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  23. 130201
    First edition, first issue, Binding A, one of only 350 copies thus. This poetry collection was the first published book of Robert Frost. He was then nearing 40 and, although he had written much, had not found a conducive publisher in America. He had moved to London in 1912, hoping to find the scene more receptive to new... Learn More
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  24. 133537
    First Essex House Press edition, number 14 of 150 copies only, all printed on, and bound in, vellum. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great... Learn More
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  25. 132701
    First edition, first impression, of Kazantzakis's ambitious verse drama based on Homer's Odyssey. The first edition is institutionally rare, with OCLC showing only six locations. Learn More
    £850

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  26. 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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  27. 129439detail
    First edition of Mary Shelley's first book, a rare survival in the original publisher's boards. The History of a Six Weeks' Tour was put together by Mary while she and Percy were living at Marlowe, which is where she finished Frankenstein, which was published on 1 January 1818. It comprises Mary's eighty one page journal... Learn More
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  28. 132014
    First edition of this collaborative collection of poetry by Edith Emma Cooper and her aunt and sometime lover Katharine Harris Bradley, pseudonymously-published as Michael Field. This work "gathered together a vast wealth of poetry spanning a considerable time period" and "represents a poetic narrative on a grand scale,... Learn More
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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 133120
    First 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... Learn More
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  32. 133181
    First edition of Clare's second book of poetry, a pretty and intriguing copy in near-contemporary "Poetic Souvenir" cloth binding (perhaps a publisher's later issue, observed on other copies), and with a later gift inscription from poet and scholar Edmund Blunden, "given by E. Blunden, 1st Sept. 1952" (in a hand that resembles... Learn More
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  33. 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.
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  34. 132731
    First edition thus, first printing, number 233 of 300 on vélin d'arches, from a total edition of 350, with the chemise and slipcase in unusually nice condition.
    The friendship between the cartoonist and writer André Rouveyre (1879-1962) the artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954) left a trail of art works and a correspondence... Learn More
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  35. 130084comp
    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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  36. 131850comp
    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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  37. 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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  38. 132197
    Michael Robartes and the Dancer is an important Yeats collection, notable for its mythical imagining of contemporary politics...."> First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats on All Souls Day 1920, very scarce in the jacket, and containing the first appearance of "The Second Coming". Michael Robartes and the Dancer is an important Yeats collection, notable for its mythical imagining of contemporary politics.... Learn More
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  39. 131022

    Poems.

    London: 1881

    First edition, first issue. One of only 250 copies for the first issue; 750 copies were printed in total, but the remaining 500 copies were equally split between the second and third issues, with new title pages stating second and third editions. Publisher's presentation copy, with the title page stamped "with the publisher's... Learn More
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  40. 128085

    Poems of the Past and Present.

    London & New York: 1902 [but 1901]

    First edition, one of 500 copies. A nice example of the presentation binding of Hardy's second volume of verse. The book was published in November 1901, and this was advertised as "a Special Edition, suitable for presentation, bound in white and gold." It is unknown how many are thus bound but it can not have been many,... Learn More
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  41. 94720
    A superbly presented, deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), the wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton. The manuscript was produced between the years 1796, when the author was only eighteen years old, and... Learn More
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  42. 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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  43. 130187
    First edition, Ezra Pound's copy, of this T. S. Eliot play which was first produced at the Edinburgh Festival 1958. This copy has the ownership inscription "Pound" to the front free endpaper in the hand of Pound's wife Olivia Shakespear, and the Brunnenberg castle blindstamp to the title page. Pound stayed at Brunnenburg,... Learn More
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  44. 132656

    Eight Poems.

    London: January 1916

    First edition, number 18 of 122 copies on Italian hand-made paper, from an edition of 200 copies only. The first page features a lurid full-page nude design in red by Austin Osman Spare, of which Yeats intensely disapproved. Learn More
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  45. 132663
    First edition, first impression, very scarce deluxe issue on India paper, of this poetic anthology by Yeats, including 14 of his own poems. The selection proved somewhat controversial among critics, with Yeats giving heavy representation to his Irish friends, and pointedly refusing to include Wilfred Owen and other war poets.... Learn More
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  46. 132581
    First edition, first issue (state A, with the word "Shropshire" on the paper spine label measuring 33 mm wide, one of 250 copies thus), of Housman's influential poetry collection. The entire first printing, made at Housman's expense after Macmillan rejected the book, consisted of 500 sets of sheets, of which 250 were bound... Learn More
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  47. 130542comp
    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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  48. The Calling of the Sea.
    First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More
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  49. 72150comp

    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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  50. 84605
    First edition, first impression; one of only 425 copies. Yeats's Packet for Ezra Pound presents one side of an intriguingly unlikely literary and personal friendship; Yeats, who lived with Pound more than once (first in Ashdown Forest, where Pound's ostensibly secretarial status produced the drastic renovation of Yeats's... Learn More
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  51. 132141
    First Belgian edition, first printing, (third overall), number 49 of 25 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder antique, with the additional suite of proofs of the engravings on auvergne paper, from a total edition of 492. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent... Learn More
    £200

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  52. 132516
    First edition, first impression, of Yeats's occult work, one of only 450 copies, printed by his sister Elizabeth and published on All Hallow's Eve. Learn More
    £450

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  53. 132514
    First edition, first impression; one of 400 copies of this memoir of Yeats's first four years in London. Learn More
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  54. 132515
    First edition thus. This is one of 250 copies of this second selection by Yeats of the poems of Oliver Gogarty, likened by him in his opening poem, The Crab Tree, to "a tart crop" of wild apples. It was preceded by the 1926 private edition of 50 copies which did not include Yeats's preface. Learn More
    £175

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  55. 132509
    First US edition, first issue with textual errors. The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow's epic poem of a Native American love story, is one of the most enduring productions of American Romanticism. The US edition was slightly preceded by the UK edition. Learn More
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  56. 132508
    First Nonesuch India paper edition, in the scarce publisher's deluxe vellum binding, and the rare dust jacket. Geoffrey Keynes was a highly-respected Blake scholar, and the brother of the economist John Maynard Keynes. With the publisher's advertisement loosely inserted. Learn More
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  57. 132302
    First edition, first printing, from the library of fellow poet Richmond Lattimore (1906-1984), with his ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Poems, the author's second book, contains the poems from her first book, North & South (1946), as well as the 18 new poems that constituted the new "Cold... Learn More
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  58. 129954
    First edition. Chodzko was "Polish poet and diplomat, the first European scholar to work on Persian folklore" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). This book came after eleven years in the Russian diplomatic service in Persia, in which he spent much time gathering oral materials, particularly from Northern Persia. The largest part of... Learn More
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  59. 132242
    First trade edition, first impression. The copy of the prominent anarchist art critic Herbert Read (1893-1968), with his pencilled ownership signature dated February 1915 to the front free endpaper. Max Weber (1881-1961) is the Jewish-American artist generally credited with introducing European avant-garde movements, including... Learn More
    £550

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  60. 132139detail
    First editions, early issues, of all volumes except Volume III, which is a second edition, and Volume XI, which is bound without advertisements. Lasner notes that although it is nearly impossible to determine the exact issue of a given set of The Yellow Book, "no volume without the advertisements can be a true first edition"... Learn More
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