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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books of poetry; also individual poems and related ephemera.

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  1. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.
    (BAUMANN, Gustave, illust.) BANNING, Kendall. Pirates! or, The Cruise of the Black Revenge.

    Chicago : 1918

    First trade edition, first printing, of this collection of 13 poems and accompanying woodcuts, following the limited edition of 525 copies in a larger format on handmade paper published by the Brothers of the Book in 1916. The publisher, Laurence Woodworth was the scrivener for the Brothers of the Book, a small private press "made up of those who like... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140322

  2. Poems.
    ROSSETTI, Christina. Poems.

    London : 1892

    Arthur Edward Waite's copy of this attractive collection of Christina Rossetti's poems, with his bookplate to the front pastedown. This copy has the contemporary ownership inscription of Waite's muse and great love Dora Stuart Menteath to the front free endpaper, "Dora Stuart Menteath, Feb 23rd 1893". Waite met Dora in 1886 and the two fell almost immediately... Learn More

    Stock Code: 130308

  3. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Variorum Edition of the Poems.

    New York : 1957

    Signed limited edition, number 381 of 825 copies signed by Yeats, and issued posthumously. The limitation sheets were signed by the author before his death in 1939, and retained by the publisher until the publication of this edition, which was deferred until after the war. Learn More

    Stock Code: 112375

  4. The Works.
    ACKROYD, Peter; Kevin Stratford; Graham Walker. The Works.

    No place : [c. 1970]-71-73

    First editions, first impressions, of these three early Ackroyd publications.
    The Works is Ackroyd's first appearance in print, Ouch is his first solo publication, and London Lickpenny, one of 500 copies only, was his second solo publication. All three works come from the library of Martin S. Golding, librarian and director... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140689

  5. Ode a la France.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Ode a la France.

    Paris : 1917

    First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140650

  6. The Zodiac.
    DICKEY, James. The Zodiac.

    Bloomfield Hills, MI : 1976

    First edition, number 39 of 61 copies signed by the author with a single leaf of the typescript working draft bound in, Dickey's manuscript corrections in ink. A trade issue was released by Doubleday later in the same year. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140558

  7. Atalanta in Calydon:
    (KELMSCOTT PRESS.) SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Atalanta in Calydon:

    Hammersmith : 1894

    First Kelmscott edition, one of 250 copies on paper; a further 8 copies printed on vellum were also issued. Swinburne was a warm admirer of the Kelmscott Press books, and "when Atalanta (which was first published in 1865) was reprinted by Morris, Swinburne wrote to him that it was 'certainly one of the loveliest examples of even your incomparable press'"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140418

  8. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. The Vision; or Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise.

    London : 1819

    Second 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.
    "In January 1797 Cary began his translation of Dante's Divina commedia into blank verse. He started with the Purgatorio in 1797-8, but... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139502

  9. 140172
    SCHUYLER, James, & Helena Hughes. Collab.

    New York : 1969

    First edition, limited issue, one of 200 unnumbered copies. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140172

  10. The Pageant.
    WHITE, Gleeson, & Charles Shannon, eds. The Pageant.

    London : 1896-7

    First editions, first impressions. All published of a typically unfeasible 1890s venture, an artistic and literary collaboration between the "Rhymers' Club" decadents and the pre-Raphaelite aesthetes, and others, including work by Max Beerbohm, Robert Bridges, Edward Burne Jones, Charles Conder, Walter Crane, Austin Dobson, Ernest Dowson, Richard Garnett,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140450

  11. The Earthly Paradise.
    MORRIS, William. The Earthly Paradise.

    London : 1896

    An attractively bound set of Morris's epic poem The Earthly Paradise. "The poem that made Morris famous" was first published from 1868 to 1870 and tells the story of a band of 14th-century Norsemen who flee the Black Death in search of the reputed utopian "earthly paradise 'where none grow old'" (ODNB). The first Kelmscott Press edition was... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139927

  12. 140170
    SCHUYLER, James. A Sun Cab.

    New York : 1972

    First edition, limitied issue, one of 300 unnumbered copies, of which 26 were lettered A-Z and signed by the poet and the artist. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140170

  13. Collected Animal Poems.
    HUGHES, Ted. Collected Animal Poems.

    London : 1995

    Number 73 of 292 uncorrected proof copies, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his son on the limitation page, "For Nicholas, Many beasts that escaped the albion, and some that didn't, love Daddy". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More

    Stock Code: 126477

  14. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. Autograph letters to Professor Donald Robertson.

    Cambridge : 1920-36

    An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius, and was Regius Professor of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 119798

  15. Poetical Works.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Poetical Works.

    London : 1910

    Handsomely presented copy of Arnold's complete poems, first published in 1890, this being the 14th impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140552

  16. The complete poems and fragments.
    OWEN, Wilfred, & Jon Stallworthy (ed.) The complete poems and fragments.

    London & Oxford : 1983

    First edition, review copy, with the loosely inserted publishers' review and press release sheets, of wartime poet Wilfred Owen's works. The first collection of Owen's poems was published two years after his death, in 1920, with an introduction by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), and was followed by another in 1931, edited by the poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974).... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140499

  17. Deaths and Entrances. Poems.
    THOMAS, Dylan. Deaths and Entrances. Poems.

    London : 1946

    First edition, first impression, of Thomas's collection of poems, including his much-loved ode to the vivacity of youth, "Fern Hill". Learn More

    Stock Code: 140059

  18. An Elegy.
    GRAY, Thomas. An Elegy.

    Chicago & New York : [c.1900]

    An attractive edition of Gray's Elegy in a charming unsigned contemporary binding. Gray's Elegy was originally published privately by Horace Walpole in June 1750 and distributed amongst his connections in the fashionable classes. It was then published for the public in a quarto pamphlet on 15 February 1751; "the poem was an instant... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139593

  19. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
    (GONNE, Maud, illus.) YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.

    Dublin : 1910

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "To John Varian, With Greeting from Ella Young", and with over ten annotations in ink by Young.
    The recipient, John Osborne Varian (1863-1931), was an Irish-American poet and a leader within the theosophist utopian community of Halcyon,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139842

  20. The Cherwell, Vol. LIX, No. 7.
    WALLER, John, et al. The Cherwell, Vol. LIX, No. 7.


    First edition, sole impression, John Waller's own copy, inscribed and double signed by him on the front cover "John Waller My copy. Ruth Douglas published my poems and he was the greatest illegible... John Waller". John Waller was an English author, poet and journalist, and a member of the Cairo poets during the Second World War Learn More

    Stock Code: 140314

  21. Extempore Memorial.
    ROWSE, A. L. Extempore Memorial.

    St. Austell, : (1940)

    First edition, sole impression, of a memorial poem by A. L. Rowse for Charles Henderson, historian and antiquarian of Cornwall, with whom he had edited Essays in Cornish History (1935). Learn More

    Stock Code: 140179

  22. A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).
    (CUALA PRESS.) YEATS, W. B. & Dorothy Wellesley (eds.) A Broadside: No. 3 (New Series).

    Dublin : March 1937

    First edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Three Bushes" was first published just two months prior in The London Mercury.
    The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of the year in a smaller edition. The first series... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140544

  23. A Broadside: No. 2 (New Series).
    (CUALA PRESS.) YEATS, W. B. & F. R. Higgins (eds.) A Broadside: No. 2 (New Series).

    Dublin : February 1935

    First edition, one of 300 copies printed, of this attractive Cuala Press publication. Yeats's "The Wicked Hawthorn Tree" was first published, untitled, at the end of the verse version of The King of the Great Clock Tower in 1934. The Cuala Press Broadsides were issued monthly, with a bound set of the collected issues published at the end of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140551

  24. The Poetical Works.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1959

    Handsomely bound copy of Brooke's poetry. Ninth impression of this edition, first published in 1946. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140505

  25. Hudibras, A Poem.
    BUTLER, Samuel. Hudibras, A Poem.

    London : 1819

    First edition thus with Clarke's illustrations, and the extra matter gathered together from Grey, Hume, Smollett, Fox and others, handsomely bound. Samuel Butler's Hudibras is a satiric poem on the English Civil War, written in Chaucerian couplets and published 1663-78. Voltaire, who translated a condensed version of Hudibras into French, noted that... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140367

  26. Eimi.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Eimi.

    New York : 1933

    First edition, signed limited issue, number 7 of 1,381 copies signed by the author, additionally inscribed "For H. W. from EEC. April 3". Eimi was a travelogue, in Cummings's signature abstract prose, of his visit to the Soviet Union in 1931. As explained on the limitation page, the unusual limitation was apparently simply a reflection of the number... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138117

  27. Sonnets.
    DOUGLAS, Lord Alfred. Sonnets.

    London : 1935

    First edition, first impression. John Heygate's copy, with his ownership inscription in ink on the front free endpaper. John Edward Nourse Heygate, 4th Baronet (19031976) was a Northern Irish journalist and novelist, perhaps best known for his affair with Evelyn Gardner while she was still married to Evelyn Waugh. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140397

  28. The Birthday Party.
    PINTER, Harold. The Birthday Party.

    London : 1959

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. The Birthday Party was Pinter's first full-length play, "which, after a short, highly successful provincial tour, opened at the Lyric Hammersmith on 19 May 1958 but closed at the end of the week" (ODNB). Learn More

    Stock Code: 140336

  29. The Man with the Blue Guitar.
    STEVENS, Wallace. The Man with the Blue Guitar.

    New York : 1937

    First edition, first printing, second issue dust jacket. Includes the poems "Owl's Clover", "A Thought Revolved", and "The Men That Are Falling". Learn More

    Stock Code: 140392

  30. Twenty Poems.
    SPENDER, Stephen. Twenty Poems.

    Oxford : [1930]

    First edition, limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the second blank, "To Elizabeth, with love from Stephen. June 11th". From a total edition of 135 copies, of which 75 copies were numbered and signed. This, the author's second book, was published while Spender was a student at Oxford: it was well received and prompted T. S.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140052

  31. Versuchin sittlichen und zärtlichen Gedichten.
    UNZER, Johanna Charlotte. Versuchin sittlichen und zärtlichen Gedichten.

    [Leipzig : 1754

    First edition of a beautifully produced work of verse, printed by the celebrated German typographer Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf.
    "The only significant German woman writer of 'anacreontic poetry'", Johanna Charlotte Unzer (1724/25-1782) published two early books of verse: the present, a set of contemplative poems which "include illuminating... Learn More

    Stock Code: 137490

  32. [Cyrillic:] Requiem.
    AKHMATOVA, Anna. [Cyrillic:] Requiem.

    Munich : 1963

    First edition in book form, one of 500 copies, of Akhmatova's masterpiece. Requiem was an outcry, a cycle of poems written from 1935 and capturing the horrors and anguish of the Great Terror under Stalin, during which Akhmatova's husband and son were both sent to the gulag. The poems in Requiem, unpublishable in Russia, were absent from Akhmatova's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140541

  33. The Works of the English Poets.
    JOHNSON, Samuel. The Works of the English Poets.

    London : 1790

    Second edition, with 14 authors, including Johnson himself, added to the original selection of 1779-81. The ultimate literary success of Johnson's career, the prefaces written to append the vast collection of English poetry were quickly recognized as setting a new standard for English literary biography. "In particular, the surveys of Cowley, Milton,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140493

  34. To Be Spoken with An Appeal for Funds For the Rebuilding of The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.
    DRINKWATER, John. To Be Spoken with An Appeal for Funds For the Rebuilding of The Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.

    London : 1926

    First edition, limited issue, number 1 of 25 specially printed copies, this inscribed by the author "No. 1. David from Jonathan". Drinkwater was the governor of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, along with George Bernard Shaw. This 14 line poem was written to petition for funds for the rebuilding of the theatre, after it was destroyed by fire in 1926.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140034

  35. 139881
    PRIDEAUX, Walter. Poems of Chivalry, Faery, and The Olden Time.

    London : 1840

    First and only edition of this unusually early example of this genre, anticipating Tennyson's Arthurian poetry by over a decade. Possibly a family copy, with the ink ownership inscription "W. de C. Prideaux" to the half-title in a later hand, seemingly the author of Notes on Mediaeval Enamelled Armorial Horse Trappings, with Reference to a Weymouth... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139881

  36. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.
    RENAN, Ernest. Poetry of the Celtic Races, and Other Essays.

    London : [1897]

    First edition in English, this book was first published in France in 1854 as "La poésie des races celtiques". Ernest Renan (1823-1892) is best known for his 1863 Vie de Jésus, which was an immediate success, but " it is Renan's approach to the subject and his beautiful prose that gave it lasting eminence" (PMM 352).
    This copy belonged... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139627

  37. Songs and Sonnets.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Songs and Sonnets.

    London : 1926

    A very prettily bound copy of Palgrave's Golden Treasury edition, first published in 1865. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140119

  38. Photographs.
    GINSBERG, Allen. Photographs.

    Altadena : 1990

    First edition, first printing, inscribed copy, of Ginsberg's collection of photographs of his close friends, including Kerouac, Cassady, Burroughs, Orlovsky, Snyder, Corso and Leary; and some of luminaries such as Robert Frank, Basil Bunting, Lou Reed and Ken Kesey; all with revealing descriptive annotations in facsimile. From an edition of 5,100 copies,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140264

  39. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1919

    First Riccardi Press edition, copy number 956 of 1,000 copies on handmade Riccardi Paper; an additional 13 were printed on vellum. Brooke's Collected Poems were first published in 1915 in the US, and then in the UK in 1918, expanded and with a memoir by Eddie Marsh - this is the first fine press edition, issued by Philip Lee Warner's Riccardi Press... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140298

  40. The Poetical Works.
    BROWNING, Robert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1901

    An attractively bound copy of Browning's poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140251

  41. On the Boiler.
    YEATS, W. B. On the Boiler.

    Dublin : [1939]

    First trade edition, following the unprocurable privately printed edition published a year earlier in Dundrum. Only four copies of the Dundrum edition were issued when it was decided to reprint the book, all of which now reside in institutions.
    Published just before Yeats's death in January 1939, On the Boiler contains several essays which... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139825

  42. Poems. 1886-1929.
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems. 1886-1929.

    London : 1929

    First edition, number 310 of 525 numbered copies signed by the author, an exceptional set with the original dust jackets and glassines. A beautifully produced set, printed in Baskerville type by the Chiswick Press on handmade paper, and very much in the manner of the superb Sussex Edition of Kipling's works - "planned by Macmillan as a monument to the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140109

  43. Cien Sonetos de Amor.
    NERUDA, Pablo. Cien Sonetos de Amor.

    Buenos Aires : 1960

    First trade edition, first printing, of Neruda's sonnet sequence, written over a period of three years for his wife and widely regarded as one of his greatest works. This is also the first hardback edition: it was preceded only by a privately printed signed limited edition, issued in wrappers with different illustrations in 1959. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140038

  44. Nouveaux Sonnets Ouraniens.
    LE DANTEC, Yves-Gerard. Nouveaux Sonnets Ouraniens.

    Paris : 1944

    First edition, limited issue, number 83 of 90 copies printed on vellum, from a total edition of 100 copies, signed by the artist below the frontispiece. Andre Marchand (1907-1997) was a French painter and one of the founding members of the Salon de Mai. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140046

  45. Focus One [together with] Focus Two.
    PEARSE, Andrew, & Balachandra Rajan. Focus One [together with] Focus Two.

    London : 1945 & 1946

    First editions, first impressions. Focus was a serial miscellany concerned with contemporary writing: Focus One presents a wide selection of poems and essays, while Focus Two is primarily concerned with the realist novel in the 1930s. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140057

  46. A Frame of Mind
    AMIS, Kingsley. A Frame of Mind

    Reading : 1953

    First edition, limited issue, number 116 of 150 copies. This was the second of Amis's published books, and the second collection of his poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140079

  47. The Collected Poems.
    BROOKE, Rupert. The Collected Poems.

    London : 1960

    A handsomely bound copy of Brooke's poems, the collection first published in July 1918. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139862

  48. High on the Walls.
    PICKARD, Tom. High on the Walls.

    London : 1967

    First edition, first impression, of the author's first published book of poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140004

  49. Poems.
    PREWETT, Frank. Poems.

    Richmond, London : [1921]

    First edition, first impression, of this notably uncommon edition, handset by Virginia Woolf for the Hogarth Press. The Canadian poet Frank James Prewett (1893-1962) surfaced as a poet of the First World War, meeting Sassoon at Craiglockhart War Hospital. This is his first published collection of verse and "contains many of the poet's finest trench... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139956

  50. Poems.
    THOMAS, Edward. Poems.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, an an exceptional example, of Thomas's first regularly published book of poems, issued after his death at Arras on Easter Monday 1917. This is one of 1,050 copies printed, half of which were issued by Selwyn & Blound in the UK, and half by Henry Holt in America. The book is dedicated to Robert Frost, who had encouraged... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128257

  51. 139823
    STEWART, Robert. Prison Rhymes:

    [Perth] : [1919]

    First edition, first impression, of this scarce collection of anti-war poems written during Stewart's imprisonment during the First World War for mounting a campaign against the punishment and imprisonment of conscientious objectors. Stewart was released from prison in April 1919 and published the present booklet of his poems entitled Prison Rhymes.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139823

  52. The Strife of Love in a Dream.
    (LANG, Andrew trans.) COLONNA, Francesco. The Strife of Love in a Dream.

    London : 1890

    First edition thus, one of 500 copies. Hypnerotomachia Poliphili was first published by Aldus Manutius in 1499, this edition reproducing several of the anonymous woodcut illustrations from the Aldine edition, including that of the title page. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139810

  53. Dramatis Personae.
    (DOVES PRESS.) BROWNING, Robert. Dramatis Personae.

    Hammersmith : 1910 [January 1911]

    First Doves Press edition, one of 250 copies on handmade paper, a further 15 copies were issued on vellum. The Doves Press was run by T. J. Cobden-Sanderson alongside his wife Anne. Cobden-Sanderson left his career as a lawyer in 1884 in order to open the Doves Bindery, establishing the Doves Press in 1900. He was interested in all aspects of book design,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139554

  54. The Sun My Monument.
    LEE, Laurie. The Sun My Monument.

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 108036

  55. Sing-Song.
    ROSSETTI, Christina G. Sing-Song.

    London : 1893

    New and enlarged edition of Christina Rossetti's illustrated book of nursery rhymes, this a very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Christina Rossetti as a Christmas gift, "Henry Edward Stewart, Xmas 1893, from Christina G. Rossetti". The recipient was the infant son of the Rossetti family's doctor, Sir Edward Stewart, who especially attended on... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136358

  56. The Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Poems.

    London : 1949

    First and signed limited edition, number 182 of 375 copies signed by the author to the verso of the half-title, published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is not found with this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131846

  57. Original watercolour landscape in Pornic, France.
    CUMMINGS, E. E. Original watercolour landscape in Pornic, France.

    Pornic, France : [no date]

    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 the many windmills of Brittany, where Cummings visited, painting several rustic scenes.
    Cummings's daughter gave the entire contents of her... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131043

  58. Poems 1929.
    GRAVES, Robert. Poems 1929.

    London : 1929

    First and signed limited edition, first impression, number 170 of 225 copies, signed by the author. Learn More

    Stock Code: 122147

  59. War All the Time.
    BUKOWSKI, Charles. War All the Time.

    Santa Barbara : 1984

    First and limited edition, one of "126 numbered copies handbound in boards by Earle Gray, each with an original painting by Charles Bukowski" - this copy not numbered but inscribed "Presentation Copy" and signed by Bukowski. In addition, this copy is inscribed (in characteristic marker pen) on the blank facing the title page: "For Arthur Applebaum -... Learn More

    Stock Code: 120437

  60. Ideas of Order.
    STEVENS, Wallace. Ideas of Order.

    New York : 1935

    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 notation. F. O. Matthiessen... Learn More

    Stock Code: 72150

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