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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. Poems.
    VALE PRESS: WORDSWORTH, William. Poems.

    London : [1902]

    First Vale Press edition, first impression.

    Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books are more classical than medieval in style and "the distinct personal element in those books derives from the woodcut... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144843

  2. 144827
    DURRELL, Lawrence (trans.) Six Poems from the Greek of Sekilianos and Seferis.

    Rhodes : 1946

    First edition of Durrell's English translation of two modern Greek poets, privately printed in a very small edition of about 50 copies on Rhodes, where Durrell was posted as a press attaché during the Second World war. WorldCat locates only eleven copies in libraries worldwide (nine in the USA, two in the UK, and one in Australia).

    Durrell's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144827

  3. The Poems.
    VALE PRESS: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poems.

    London : 1901-2

    First Vale Press edition of Shelley's complete poems, following only a single-volume edition of Lyrical Poetry (1898, limited to 210 copies). The book was decorated and supervised by Charles Ricketts of the Vale Press.

    Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144840

  4. The Poems.
    VALE PRESS: KEATS, John. The Poems.

    London : 1898

    First Vale Press edition, one of 210 unnumbered copies on paper (a further 8 were issued on vellum), and superbly decorated by Ricketts of the Vale Press.

    Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books are... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144841

  5. The Complete Poems.
    CAVAFY, Constantine P. The Complete Poems.

    New York : 1961

    First edition, first printing, of Cavafy's works translated by Rae Dalven, published with an introduction by W. A. Auden. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144523

  6. The Complete Poetical Works.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Complete Poetical Works.

    London : 1885

    A handsomely bound set of Percy Bysshe Shelley's complete poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144471

  7. 144534
    DRYDEN, John. Original Poems.

    Glasgow : 1770

    First Foulis duodecimo edition of Dryden's collected poetry, a pretty example in contemporary calf. The Foulis press, renowned for their elegant typography and the quality of their printing, had published Dryden's works once prior to this edition, in an octavo edition of 1756. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144534

  8. Baby Breakdown.
    WALDMAN, Anne. Baby Breakdown.

    New York : 1970

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "For Joe, where would I be without you!! Anne, Nov. 23/70". The recipient is the writer and artist Joe Brainard (1942-1994) with whom Waldman wrote Self Portrait (1972) - a great Beat association.

    Anne Waldman (b.1945) is a writer, experimental poet, and lecturer connected... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144595

  9. The Roman Sonnets of G. G. Belli.
    NORSE, Harold (trans.) The Roman Sonnets of G. G. Belli.

    Highlands : 1960

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper to fellow Beat Generation poet Gerard Malanga "For Gerard, Language & Light keep us going. Love, Harold Norse. San Francisco 19/XI/72".

    The inscription was penned a few months after the publication of the first issue of Norse's Bastard Angel Magazine, for which... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144532

  10. 144555
    ADCOCK, A. St John. For Remembrance.

    London : 1918

    First edition, first impression, of Adcock's memorial volume, giving biographies and poetical excerpts for 44 "Soldier Poets", 20 of which are portrayed. This book is uncommonly found, especially so in such good condition and with the jacket.

    The dust jacket, which was designed by Eugene Hastain, bears on the front flap an advertisement ("It... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144555

  11. Some Passages from the Letters of AE to W. B. Yeats.
    YEATS, W. B. Some Passages from the Letters of AE to W. B. Yeats.

    Dublin : 1936

    First edition, first impression; one of 300 copies. Letters to Yeats from his lifelong friend "AE" (Dublin-based mystical poet and painter George Russell: 1867 - 1935), between 1896 and 1932, collected and published in the year after his death. This copy bears some scholarly annotations in pencil. Learn More

    Stock Code: 83423

  12. As it Was.
    THOMAS, Edward - THOMAS, Helen. As it Was.

    London : 1926 & 1931

    First edition, first impression, of Thomas's tender yet frank memoirs of her life with poet Edward Thomas, in elegant matching bindings.

    Thomas began writing these memoirs in an attempt to lift herself from her depression following the death of her husband Edward Thomas in 1917. Two leaves at pp. 53-6 of As It Was were cancelled prior to publication... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144490

  13. Poems.
    HOOD, Thomas. Poems.

    London : 1848

    A handsomely bound copy of Hood's collected poems. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144556

  14. The Wild Swans at Coole.
    YEATS, W. B. The Wild Swans at Coole.

    Dundrum : 1917

    First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. One of Yeats's major poetry collections, the title was printed by Yeats's sister, Elizabeth Corbet. The collection includes the much-loved title poem, alongside one of his most enduring poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death".

    The Cuala Press, a co-operative business with Lily Yeats, was founded... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143926

  15. Michael Robartes and the Dancer.
    YEATS, W. B. Michael Robartes and the Dancer.

    Dundrum : 1920

    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed and now very scarce. The significant English composer and co-founder of the original Glastonbury Festivals Rutland Boughton's copy, with his ownership inscription "R. Boughton, Glastonbury" to first blank and matching purple ink stamp to the title page.

    Rutland Boughton (1878-1960) remains... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143925

  16. 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 ran from... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140544

  17. Poetical Works.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. Poetical Works.

    London : 1910

    Handsomely presented copy of Arnold's complete poems, first published in 1890. Learn More

    Stock Code: 140552

  18. The Poetical Works.
    BROWNING, Robert. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1901

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

    Stock Code: 140251

  19. Photographs.
    GINSBERG, Allen. Photographs.

    Altadena : 1990

    First edition, first printing, inscribed copy. From an edition of 5,100 copies, this copy is inscribed by Ginsberg on the title page, "2/17/94, Allen Ginsberg, for Audrey Gaston", and with a large ink drawing across the title page spread featuring his favoured Blakean "Ah, Sunflower" growing under an "Ah" sun and other celestial shapes.

    Ginsberg's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 140264

  20. 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

  21. An Elegy.
    GRAY, Thomas. An Elegy.

    Chicago & New York : [c.1900]

    An attractive gift edition of Gray's Elegy, with illustrations by Alfred Woodruff, 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... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139593

  22. Poems.
    FIELD, Alice Withrow. Poems.

    London : 1932

    First edition, number 35 of 250 copies only, of this attractively produced and illustrated collection of poems. 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. This edition is now uncommon and has been traced at... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139595

  23. The War Poets.
    WILLIAMS, Oscar (ed.) The War Poets.

    New York : 1945

    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the day of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Jean Lanslow with love from Oscar Williams - editor - June 19 1945", the inscription continued by the founder of the John Day company: "And from Richard Walsh", and by two contributors, "from Hubert Creekmore" and "from... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139656

  24. Œuvres Complètes.
    VERLAINE, Paul. Œuvres Complètes.

    Paris : 1919-20

    A handsomely bound set of Verlaine's poems which includes his collections Poèmes saturniens (1866), Fêtes galantes (1869), Romances sans paroles (1874), Sagesse (1880), and Les Poètes maudits (1884). Romances sans paroles was inspired by Verlaine's relationship with his wife, Mathilde Mauté, and his lover, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Verlaine... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138447

  25. Poems (Two) 1925.
    CUNARD, Nancy. Poems (Two) 1925.

    London : 1930

    First edition, one of 150 copies, this one unnumbered. Learn More

    Stock Code: 137307

  26. The End of Elfintown.
    BARLOW, Jane. The End of Elfintown.

    London : 1894

    First edition of this interesting contribution to Victorian fairy literature by Irish-born poet and writer Jane Barlow (1857-1917).

    It is exquisitely illustrated in a Pre-Raphaelite style by Laurence Housman (1865-1959), who also designed the art nouveau cover. Barlow was close friends with fellow Irish poets Katherine Tynan and William Butler... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135808

  27. 144451
    KIPLING, Rudyard. Debits and Credits.

    London : 1926

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of 14 stories and 21 poems. While all of the stories were previously published, 19 of the poems are here published for the first time. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144451

  28. Poems.
    CORNFORD, Frances. Poems.

    Hampstead : [1910]

    First edition, first impression, of Cornford's second book, following the rare Holtbury Idyll (1908), and first poetry collection, including her poem "Youth", later titled "On Rupert Brooke", as well as the notorious "To a Fat Lady Seen from a Train", which became a much anthologized (and parodied) piece.

    Frances Cornford (1886-1960, née Frances... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144493

  29. The Poetical Works.
    POE, Edgar Allan. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1853

    First edition thus, under the title of "The Poetical Works", published as part of Addey's Illustrated Classics series, this one dedicated to Rossetti. Hannay's collection was seen as the definitive collection of Poe's poetry, and "maintained its popularity for decades". An attractive early illustrated edition; preceded only by Vizetelly's Tales (1852).... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144318

  30. The Marmosite's Miscellany.
    GRAVES, Robert, as John Doyle. The Marmosite's Miscellany.

    London : 1925

    First edition, first impression. Robert Graves only used the pseudonym of John Doyle for this one work but he adopted a number of pen names throughout his early career, particularly for contributions to periodicals such as The Carthusian, The Spectator, and Woman's Leader. The Sussex ledge shows 106 copies sold by 6 January 1928.

    This copy has... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144345

  31. Sixteen Sonnets.
    UPDIKE, John. Sixteen Sonnets.

    Cambridge : 1979

    Signed limited edition, special issue signed and numbered "R" on the limitation page, one of 26 lettered and hard-bound copies, inscribed on the first blank "For Anne Sissman, with admiration and affection, John", and with a typed letter to her, signed by John. From an edition limited to 276 signed copies.

    The recipient, Anne Sissman, was the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144315

  32. The Sensitive Plant.
    ROBINSON, Charles (illus.); SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Sensitive Plant.

    London : [1911]

    First Robinson edition, deluxe issue in vellum, retaining the rare dust jacket. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144323

  33. Longs poemes courts a terminer chez soi.
    FILLIOU, Robert. Longs poemes courts a terminer chez soi.

    Bruxelles Hamburg : 1984

    First edition, one of 500 sets printed and now scarce, with only two recorded at auction. Filliou's text on the folder states that the postcards were issued in memory of Danish artist Arthur "Addi" Kopke (1928-1977), at whose gallery these poems were originally exhibited during his 1961 residence in Copenhagen with his wife Marianne.

    These postcard... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143553

  34. Cottage Poems.
    BRONTË, Patrick. Cottage Poems.

    Halifax : 1811

    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 would marry Maria Branwell in... Learn More

    Stock Code: 133120

  35. 144305
    TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. Poems, chiefly lyrical.

    London : 1830

    First edition of Tennyson's first solo poetry collection, a very commendable copy in the original boards.

    The collection was preceded only by Poems by Two Brothers (1827), in which he appeared anonymously alongside his (in fact three) brothers. "Some of Tennyson's most enduring notes, elegiacally lyrical, with his riven sensibility... are especially... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144305

  36. London Lyrics.
    LOCKER, Frederick. London Lyrics.

    London : 1881

    First privately printed edition, large paper issue with frontispiece and illustration (not present in the ordinary issue), this copy in the deluxe vellum binding, other copies issued in cloth.

    "Austin Dobson made the selection for the privately printed edition, and prefixed the prefatory sexain... very few copies were printed" (Murray); the... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144310

  37. Poems.
    JOHNSON, Lionel. Poems.

    London : 1895

    First edition, number 6 of 25 inscribed large-paper copies, inscribed by the author on the initial blank "Twenty-five copies of this edition. No. 6. Lionel Johnson".

    "His reputation was confirmed by the publication of his Poems in 1895, which marks the high point in his career" (ODNB). Learn More

    Stock Code: 144311

  38. Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    DULAC, Edmund (illus.); Edward FitzGerald (trans.) Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    London : [1909]

    First Dulac edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 132279

  39. Grace After Meat.
    RANSOM, John Crowe. Grace After Meat.

    London : 1924

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Miss Laura M. Bragg, with the author's cordial regards, John Crowe Ransom, November 17, 1924". Uncommon inscribed; a great association copy.

    Laura Bragg (1881-1978) notably co-founded the Poetry Society of South Carolina in 1920 as part of Charleston's renaissance.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144237

  40. The Town Down the River.
    ROBINSON, Edwin Arlington. The Town Down the River.

    New York : 1916

    Second edition, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Lewis Chase, From E. A. Robinson, 1917", and with Chase's pictorial bookplate to first blank. It was first published in 1910. Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) was an American poet who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry on three occasions and was nominated four times for the Nobel Prize in literature.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144149

  41. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.
    FITZGERALD, Edward. Rubaiyát of Omar Khayyám.

    Portland : 1907

    Ninth Mosher edition, first printing, one of 925 copies on Van Gelder paper, in a superb contemporary binding. It includes a "Toast to Omar Khayyam" and "To The Winds" by Theodore Watts-Dunton; "Edward Fitzgerald" by W. Irving Way; "Omar Khayyam" by Fitzgerald.

    It also comprises the text of the first (1859), second (1868), and fourth editions... Learn More

    Stock Code: 144208

  42. The Winding Stair and Other Poems.
    YEATS, W. B. The Winding Stair and Other Poems.

    London : 1933

    First edition, first impression of Yeats's follow-up collection to The Tower, containing some of his best, and most difficult, poems, such as "Blood and the Moon", "A Dialogue of Self and Soul", "Vacillation", and, of course, "Byzantium", and thus full of "those images that yet / fresh images beget; / that dolphin-torn, and gong tormented sea".

    A... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143928

  43. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    Brooklyn, NY : 1855

    First edition, first state binding. The first edition of Leaves of Grass was self-published by Whitman. His money ran tight as production continued and the bindings became progressively less elaborate. Only 337 copies were bound in the deluxe first binding with gilt border, edges gilt and marbled endpapers, as here. A total of 795 copies were eventually... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143598

  44. The Poetical Works.
    DARWIN, Erasmus. The Poetical Works.

    London : 1806

    First edition of this posthumous collection placing Darwin's exuberant and eccentric inquiry into the Linnaean system in rhyming couplets alongside his poetic speculations on evolution, the whole much enlivened by numerous plates including a number by Blake and Fuseli. A wide-margined, ?large paper copy in a handsome Regency binding from the library... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141677

  45. Poems Two.
    JOHNSON, B. S. Poems Two.

    London : 1972

    First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number R of 26 copies for the author's use only, inscribed on the limitation page "R is for Rayner Heppenstall. 35/3/72". The recipient was British experimentalist and BBC radio producer Rayner Heppenstall (1911-1981). A further 100 copies were thus specially bound, numbered, and signed. Learn More

    Stock Code: 144147

  46. Night Drive.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Night Drive.

    Bow, Crediton : 1970

    First edition, sole impression, number 38 of 100 copies printed, and one of 55 with a poem inscribed in full in the author's manuscript facing the half-title (in this case the mildly erotic poem "Undine"), each signed and dated on the colophon.

    Night Drive was published as part of Gilbertson's Manuscript Series, which also produced similar editions... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141969

  47. Posthumous Poems.
    SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Posthumous Poems.

    London : 1824

    First edition, first issue (without errata slip), in a very striking binding by Zaehnsdorf with their gilt stamp to the rear pastedown denoting exhibition-worthy work, and with appealing fin-de-siècle provenance (see below).

    Edited by Mary Shelley, this collection contains hitherto unpublished poems - Julian and Maddalo (with its evocation of... Learn More

    Stock Code: 141182

  48. Station Island.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Station Island.

    New York : 1985

    First US edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Martha, Sláinte! Seamus Heaney, April 1985". The author's sixth book of poetry, Station Island was first published in the UK the preceding year. Learn More

    Stock Code: 126159

  49. Steam Press Portfolio 2.
    STEADMAN, Ralph (illus.); DURRELL, Lawrence; Sylvia Plath; and others. Steam Press Portfolio 2.

    London : 1974

    First edition, number 48 of only 50 numbered copies, with each broadside numbered and signed by Steadman. All the poems are further signed by their respective authors, including Lyman Andrews, Asa Benveniste, Ruth Fainlight, and Alan Sillitoe, excepting Plath's for obvious reasons.

    Learn More

    Stock Code: 100028

  50. The Poems.
    OWEN. Wilfred. The Poems.

    London : 1931

    First Blunden edition of Wilfred Owen's poems, first impression, number 23 of 160 large paper copies, and signed by Blunden on page 41 at the end of his "Memoir".

    This edition was expanded by fellow war-poet Edmund Blunden (1896-1974) from the first edition of 1920 edited by Siegfried Sassoon, who of all the war poets had known Owen best, albeit... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143660

  51. Mosada.
    YEATS, W. B. Mosada.

    Dublin : October 1943

    First Cuala press edition, limited issue. Number 40 of 50 copies, and, though uncalled for, this copy is signed by "George" Hyde-Lees, (1892-1968), the author's wife. Mosada was Yeats's first published work, and was first published in 1886 as an offprint from the Dublin University Review. That edition, of around 100 copies, is now "exceedingly rare"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143922

  52. 143556
    YEATS, W. B. Plays in Prose and Verse.

    London : 1922

    First edition, first impression, a lovely copy, uncommon in the jacket.

    This collection contains Yeats's plays: Cathleen ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth, The King's Threshold, On Baile's Strand, The Shadowy Waters, Deridre, The Unicorn from the Stars (written in collaboration with Lady Gregory), The Green Helmet, The Hour-Glass and The Player... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143556

  53. Crow Wakes.
    HUGHES, Ted. Crow Wakes.

    Woodford Green, Essex : 1971

    First edition, first printing, signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet. The title page verso is signed "No. 28, Ted Hughes" and the front free endpaper signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 46/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed the bibliographers Sagar and Tabor that "These poems were excluded... Learn More

    Stock Code: 125129

  54. By Heart.
    HUGHES, Ted (ed.) By Heart.

    London : 1997

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from Ted Hughes to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title: "For Olwyn with love from Ted Xmas 1997". With a manuscript correction by Hughes on page xiv, of "Welsh system" to "Welsh poetry", as is known in other copies inscribed by Hughes. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143825

  55. 143787
    ROSS, Alan. The Derelict Day.

    London : 1947

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

    Stock Code: 143787

  56. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.
    HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad [together with] Last Poems.

    Chipping Campden : 1929

    First Alcuin Press edition, number 134 of 325 copies in total. First published in 1896 and 1922 respectively, this work collected together in two volumes what was then understood to be the entire corpus of Housman's published poetry. This book was handsomely printed in the private press manner on Batchelor handmade paper for the publishers by the Alcuin... Learn More

    Stock Code: 126238

  57. Faust.
    CLARKE, Harry (illus.); GOETHE, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust.

    London : 1927

    Signed limited edition, number 910 of 1,000 copies signed by the artist. Learn More

    Stock Code: 125665

  58. Venus and Adonis.
    SHAKESPEARE, William. Venus and Adonis.

    Oxford : 1905

    Limited edition of 1,000 numbered copies, in a superb binding by the Chelsea Bindery, of this Oxford University facsimile reprint of the earliest surviving editions of Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, the Sonnets, The Passionate Pilgrim, and the play Pericles, as a supplement to the reproduction of the First Folio issued by the Oxford University Press in... Learn More

    Stock Code: 65822

  59. 143762
    BENTLEY, Nicolas (illus.); MORTON, John Bingham. 1933 and Still Going Wrong!

    London : 1932

    First edition, first impression, of this collection of poetry satirising contemporary personality types. Learn More

    Stock Code: 143762

  60. Canciones.
    LORCA, Federico Garcia. Canciones.

    Madrid : 1929

    Second edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to fellow "Generation of '27" group member "Para Guillermo de Torre lo salucha a la distancia, Federico Garcia Lorca", and with de Torre's purple ink ex libris stamp to verso of front free endpaper. A great association copy, connecting Spanish and South American literary circles.

    Lorca... Learn More

    Stock Code: 143185

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