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  1. 124421comp
    First edition, superb presentation copy of Atwood's first regularly published book, one of 200 copies issued in wrappers aside from a "Library edition" issue of 50 hardback copies. Atwood has warmly inscribed the half-title, "For Jim Carscallen with thanks for help on earlier MSS., & remembrance of large Vancouver slugs,... Learn More
    £2,750

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  2. Tapping the White Cane of Solitude.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 250 numbered copies signed by the author on the limitation leaf. Additionally inscribed by the author on the title page, "For Pete, wherever you are, whoever, FW" and signed by the author over his printed name. Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 77764

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  3. 96201
    First edition, first impression. From the publisher's archive with their stamp on the half-title. A collection of verses by the socialist intellectual, including two entitled "Hail, Hitler!" and "The Nazi Declares His Creed". Learn More
    £40

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  4. 132035
    First edition (with the London edition slightly preceding the 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. Learn More
    £350

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  5. 125916
    First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies issued. Poems was Brooke's first collection, his previous poetry having been written for school competitions and printed solely for private distribution. Brooke developed a fatal case of blood poisoning from an insect bite while anchored off Skyros; he died on 23 April 1915... Learn More
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  6. 123152

    Autograph letter signed to William Force Stead.

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

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

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  7. Miscellaneous Poems.
    First edition of this very scarce early collected edition of Shelley's poetry, in the rare original boards. This Benbow piracy selects Shelley's poetry from various previously published editions, collecting mainly from the Posthumous Poems edition of 1824, but with some notable examples drawn from earlier publications. Excepting... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 106345

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  8. 11714
    Second edition (first published 1818) of this humorous poem, detailing the adventures of a new recruit in the navy. Learn More
    £300

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  9. 129967
    First edition, signed by "Elizabeth" on the half-title. Published at the height of the Georgian volunteer movement for the war against Napoleon, this book contains a series of engraving based on drawings by Princess Elizabeth, daughter of George III, showing cupid training to fight the French. Each picture depicting scenes... Learn More
    £1,500

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  10. 60864
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £450

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  11. 123967
    First and only edition, number 166 of 191 copies. A rare collection of tributes to the French Dada and Surrealist painter and poet Francis Picabia, with contributions by artists including Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Pierre de Massot. Francis Picabia was one of the major early figures of the Dada movement in France and America.... Learn More
    £425

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  12. 118720
    First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death, here bound together with the first edition of his Juvenilia. This copy of Poems has the two inserted leaves with "The Printer to the Understanders" and Hexastichon Bibliopolae, not always present, and has the leaf Nn1 in... Learn More
    £27,500

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  13. 116338
    First edition, one of 125 copies privately printed for the author for use as his Christmas card for 1978. The poem was first published in RTÉ Guide the preceding year under the title The Workshop. Learn More
    £475

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  14. 131825
    Limited facsimile reprint of the 1893 Kelmscott Press edition of Shakespeare's poems; number 31 of 100 numbered copies initialled by the binder Alfred Brazier and the pressman Ridley Burnett, with a further ten lettered copies for presentation. Learn More
    £475

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  15. 131782
    First edition, first impression, one of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in June 1927, the dust jacket numbered 92 in pencil on the front panel. This collection contain the first publication of "Sailing to Byzantium", and "Among School Children", and also contains "The Tower" (first published in The Criterion in June... Learn More
    £2,750

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  16. 131763comp
    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. North is widely considered to be Heaney's key collection of poems in which he deals directly with the political conflicts in Northern Ireland. The work is uncommon in the present hardback issue. Learn More
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  17. 131775
    First edition, first impression, one of 450 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in November 1932. This collection includes Yeats's Byzantium and the Crazy Jane poems. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run with Lily Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the... Learn More
    £600

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  18. 131774
    First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in December 1935, with the errata slip laid in. The included memoirs first appeared in The London Mercury in November and December of that year. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run with Lily... Learn More
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  19. 131703
    First edition, first impression. Although the stated limitation was of 200 copies, there appear to have been 303 copies printed, with 128 copies left standing unbound in quires and it is possible that this copy was bound for Hatchards from one of the remaining unbound sheets (see Nelson). Wilde's poem, together with Charles... Learn More
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  20. 131646
    First complete edition of the Lyrical Ballads, in a striking near-contemporary binding, comprising the first edition of vol. II, and the second edition of vol. I. First published in 1798 in a single volume, this two-volume edition largely reprints the 1798 edition as the first volume, with the second volume comprising 41... Learn More
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  21. 131465
    First edition, first impression, in a variant purple cloth, of Radclyffe Hall's third published work, this copy with a pleasing association, bearing a Christmas gift inscription of Lady Maud "Emerald" Cunard (mother of Nancy) to Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland, in pencil on the first blank, "Xmas 1910 Violet from Emerald... Learn More
    £500

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  22. 131113comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Tom Maschler from Louis Zukofsky enjoying his company at home August 31, 1965", and with the copyright dates of previously published works ink-stamped by hand on the copyright page. With Tom Maschler's bookplate, designed... Learn More
    £200

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  23. 130694
    First Nonesuch edition, number 1,395 from a limited edition of 1,475 copies on Dutch paper. A beautifully presented and bound edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, with Dante's Italian printed parallel to Rev. Henry F. Cary's English translation (1814, a translation much loved by Coleridge), and with reproductions of Sandro... Learn More
    £1,250

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  24. 117521
    First edition of the first English version of the complete Divine Comedy to be published, which is greatly significant for "assisting to re-establish an audience for Dante, whose reputation had suffered a decline in the previous century" (ODNB). The translator Henry Boyd (1748/9-1832) was a Church of Ireland clergyman. He... Learn More
    £5,750

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  25. 131639
    Deluxe edition, limited to 350 unnumbered copies only, in a highly attractive custom binding, with the design incorporating the poem's multiple references to wine. Rubáiyáts with Brangwyn's illustrations were published from 1906 onwards; this edition, the most comprehensive and elaborate, includes seven illustrations by... Learn More
    £2,250

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  26. 131578
    First and limited edition, copy L of 15 copies not for sale, out of a total limitation of 465 copies; a trade edition of 2,000 copies was also released. Learn More
    £675

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  27. 52021
    Second edition with corrections and a new foreword. Originally published in 1916. Learn More
    £300

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  28. 131303comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, letter "T" of 25 lettered copies. Presentation copy, additionally inscribed by the author below the "T", "for Tom, as ever, L. Z.'s. August 26 1967". The recipient was Tom Maschler, Zukofsky's usual UK publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate on the front pastedown. Maschler... Learn More
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  29. 130435
    First edition, sole impression, of this scarce debut collection of poems by the father of the Brontë sisters, this copy in an unrestored contemporary binding and with the contemporary ownership inscription "Apley Castle", of the Charlton family in Shropshire. Bronte had, from 1809 to 1811, been an assistant curate at Wellington,... Learn More
    £1,500

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    First edition, first printing, inscribed twice by the author on the front free endpaper: "Eileen from Ezra full benedictions S. Liz 1949", and with his subsequent inscription, "having been forgot returned and re returned repeat 'benedictions' June 58". A superb relic from the St Elizabeth years: the recipient was Eileen... Learn More
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  31. 119978
    First edition of this very scarce early collected edition of Shelley's poetry, appealingly bound with an occult emblem to front board (flaming skull-and-cross-bones, snakes holding a heart, crowned with a crown and star, known by another copy to be that of collector Gilbert C. Elliot) and another bookplate (skull with a... Learn More
    £1,250

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  32. 127049
    A rare wartime issue of part of Rupert Brooke's best-known poems, "The Dead", printing on a large single sheet the first stanza, beginning "Blow out, you bugles... ". The sheet is signed below on two printed lines over the legend "War Command" Lieutenant-General Sir Fenton Aylmer (1862-1935), recipient of the Victoria Cross... Learn More
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  33. 127029
    A handsomely bound set of Keats, demonstrating Riviere and Son's impressive craftsmanship. This set is the expanded reissue of Harry Buxton Forman's comprehensive 1883 edition of Keats's works. The publisher's advertisement notes that this reissue contains "everything of Keats's which has come to the surface since 1883,... Learn More
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  34. 123172
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, publisher's own copy, number two of 10 copies signed by Leyland, of the first Gay Sunshine Press publication, and one of the earliest openly gay poetry anthologies. This small signed issue was one of 200 hardcover copies, most of which were sold to libraries. This copy... Learn More
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    Gay Roots.

    San Francisco: 1991-3

    First edition, first printing, Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe signed limited issue, letters B and Z of 26 specially bound copies signed by Leyland, these volumes additionally signed by Leyland on the title pages and deriving from his personal collection. There were also 300 unsigned cloth copies, the vast majority... Learn More
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  36. 131253comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher Tom Maschler on the half-title "Wishing Tom Maschler all happiness with thanks for this "A" love Louis Zukofsky Oct 10 (for Oct 6) 1966 New York". Tom Maschler (born 1933) was head of the book's publisher Jonathan Cape, and was... Learn More
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  37. 129724
    First complete collected edition of the poems of Nekrasov, published the year after his death. At his funeral, Dostoevsky hailed him as "the greatest Russian poet since Pushkin and Lermontov". "Nekrasov did not succeed in creating a school of his own: no 'peasant' poets came in his wake. But he, more than any other Russian... Learn More
    £1,375

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  38. 122696
    First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated... Learn More
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  39. 130467comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the editor Richard Holmes to the Bloomsbury Group member Frances Partridge, inscribed on the front free endpaper "Frances Partridge from Richard Holmes with warmest wishes Nov. '84". Then in her 84th year of her 103-year life, Partridge was one of the last survivors... Learn More
    £125

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  40. 130720
    A most attractively bound copy showing strong arts and crafts influence, decorated with trailing lanceolate leaves and nine-petalled flowers. Learn More
    £750

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  41. 131130
    First edition, first impression, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility"... Learn More
    £2,500

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    First edition thus. Presentation copy, inscribed in a secretarial hand to the front free endpaper, "Presented, with the sincere respect and esteem of the Author, to Mrs Moberly of Winchester, the very kind and valued friend of his departed sister Mary Lyell. Kinnordy, 23. July 1843". The recipient was Mary Ann Moberly (18121890)... Learn More
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  43. 128186
    First edition, sole printing, of Rosenberg's second of only three poetry pamphlets published in his lifetime. This work, containing 22 poems, was published in a run of roughly 100 copies just prior to his enlistment in the army. Rosenberg attended the Slade School and quickly became one of the most celebrated of the British... Learn More
    £500

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  44. 118084
    Second edition of Walker's useful anthology of Latin poetry, in a splendid contemporary binding, unsigned but resembling the work of Charles Lewis (1786-1836). Walker (1795-1846), though best remembered as a Shakespeare scholar, won a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, almost entirely on the strength of his classical... Learn More
    £750

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  45. 67961
    Galley proof of the first printing of five of Plath's previously unpublished poems, comprising: "Complaint of the Crazed Queen"; "Battle-scene from the comic operatic fantasy The Seafarer"; "Dialogue en route"; "Letter to a Purist"; and "Dream of the Hearse Driver". It seems to have been common practice to provide authors... Learn More
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  46. 130740detail
    First edition thus, bringing together Buxton Forman's 1876-7 edition of Shelley's Poetical works and his 1880 edition of Shelley's Prose works. Buxton Forman, the notorious bibliographical forger, nevertheless "produced impressive editions of Shelley and Keats... by channelling a general enthusiasm into a minute study of... Learn More
    £1,875

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  47. 111586
    First Dulac edition, first impression. There is a signature to the title page in imitation of the author's hand. Learn More
    £1,750

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    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page, with his printed name struck through. A collection of Eliot's "most important" literary essays which "revisit the French symbolists and the development of language in twentieth-century poetry" (ODNB). Dedicated to Valerie, his secretary, whom he married... Learn More
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  49. 130715
    Second edition, substantially expanded and revised from the first of 1859. Five hundred copies of the second edition were printed, with Quaritch selling each at a price of 1s. 6d.; when a copy re-appeared in their catalogue in 1929, it had already reached a price of 52 10s. (Potter, p. 12). FitzGerald substantially revised... Learn More
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  50. 128258
    First edition, first impression, in a state not listed by Eckert, with no advertisements at the rear. This work is Thomas's third collection of poetry, posthumously published the year after he was killed in action in France. Learn More
    £200

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  51. 130656comp
    Signed limited issue, letter "F" of 26 lettered copies (with a further 100 numbered copies also issued), signed by Philip Larkin, Jenny Lewis, C. Day Lewis and T. C. Skeat on the limitation page. A further 2,000 unsigned trade copies were also published simultaneously. Learn More
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  52. 130621

    Wodwo.

    London: 1967

    First edition, first impression. A collection of poems, short stories and a radio play, The Wound. Hughes described this work "as a single adventure, 'a descent into destruction' (Faas, 205)" (ODNB). Learn More
    £200

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  53. 130533comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the first blank, "To Silvia, with love and affection, from Edward - May 1931". Edward James (1907-1984) was an aristocratic arts patron and amateur poet. He was a passionate supporter of surrealism and sponsored Salvador Dalí for the whole of 1938.... Learn More
    £1,750

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  54. 130574
    First edition of the complete poem; the first two Giornata were published separately in Venice in 1600. The dedicatory letter of the editor, Angelo Ingegnari, is dated 1 September 1607 at Rome. Some copies apparently lack the preface and final errata leaf, both present in this copy. Tasso's posthumously published poem, a... Learn More
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  55. 130507comp
    Signed limited edition, number 65 of 125 copies signed by the author and artist, printed on japon, and with engraved chapter headings not featured in the trade issue. This poem, dedicated to her lover Dorothy Wellesley (1889-1956), was "an ambitious attempt to write a modern version of Virgil's Georgics by celebrating the... Learn More
    £1,250

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  56. 86904
    First edition, first impression, second issue in the black cloth. The author's first poetry collection, written while he was still a student at Oxford. One of 1,000 copies printed. Learn More
    £525

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  57. 130332
    First edition, limited issue, number 137 of 550 copies on handmade paper. Learn More
    £350

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  58. 130327
    First edition, first impression, of the poet's second major collection. Learn More
    £450

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  59. 126085comp
    First edition, first impression of Tares; first edition, fourth impression of Song. Presentation copies from Ted Hughes to Sylvia Plath, each inscribed respectively on the front free endpaper: "To Sylvia on her birthday, with love, from Ted, Oct 27th 1961" and "To Sylvia on her birthday, from Ted, with love, October 27th... Learn More
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  60. 126941
    First edition. The diplomat and orientalist Gore Ouseley (1770-1844) served as ambassador to the Qajar court, and became acquainted with Persian, Sanskrit and Arabic. In the present work, published posthumously, Ouseley set out to make Persian poetry known to English readers. Working from manuscripts in his own collection,... Learn More
    £575

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