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  1. 124934
    First edition, first impression, of David Jones's epic poetic memoir, tackling the trauma of his trench experiences in the First World War after his breakdown from shell-shock in 1932. In Parenthesis won Jones the Hawthornden Prize and the praise of such writers as W. H. Auden, who considered it "a masterpiece" in which... Learn More
    £3,250

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  2. 124282comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Para Gomez Sicre, afectuosamente, Neruda, 1942, Mex". The recipient was the noted Cuban lawyer, art critic and author José Gómez Sicre (1916-1991), an important conduit for Latin American artists seeking an audience in the United States. He moved... Learn More
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  3. i1
    First US edition, signed limited edition, number 44 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 117542

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  4. i1
    Signed limited edition, number 45 of 60 copies printed on japon, and signed and numbered by the publisher; the first edition of Justin Huntly McCarthy's (1859-1936) translation, which translates 456 quatrains into English. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 94750

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  5. 118904
    First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on... Learn More
    £1,250

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  6. Poems 1886 to 1929.
    First US edition, signed limited issue of this collection. Number 98 of 537 copies signed by the author, of which 525 were for sale. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 111335

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  7. 129516
    First Quaritch edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title "Mary Beatrice Blennerhassett with the constant homage of the author July 1901 Edward Heron-Allen"; one of 1,500 copies for UK issue; there were also 500 for the US. Heron-Allen's version, first published the previous year by H. S. Nichols, includes the... Learn More
    £675

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  8. 126960
    First edition, deluxe issue, number 1 of 200 copies. Herbert Cole (1867-1930) provided artwork for numerous books in the Edwardian era, with his illustrations showing the influence of Walter Crane, Edward Burne-Jones and the pre-Raphaelites. Learn More
    £950

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  9. 126966
    First edition of the author's first book, printed in a small edition for family and friends, and consequently very rare, with only four copies known institutionally in the UK with a further three in the United States. Learn More
    £1,350

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  10. Rosalind and Helen.
    First edition, first issue, a fine fresh and generously margined copy with the half-title and advertisements, of Shelley's long poem "Rosalind and Helen", a conversational lament for a disappointed poet-reformer, set on the shores of Lake Como, begun in Marlowe and completed in 1818 at the baths of Lucca in Tuscany. The... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 111639

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    Signed limited edition, number 256 of 310 copies signed by the author. Birthday Letters was Hughes's controversial collection of poems about his relationship with his deceased first wife, the poet Sylvia Plath. This signed limited edition was published simultaneously with the first trade edition. Learn More
    £700

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 132 of 750 copies signed by the author, published the same month as the trade issue (May 1946). A long poetical sequence on the author's favourite subject, "which tries to sum up her own horticultural aesthetic and is in some respects superior to its predecessor The Land" (ODNB).... Learn More
    £600

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  13. 129587
    First UK edition in book form, sole impression, one of about 460 copies hand-printed by the Woolfs, with the title label in the first state with asterisks (one of three states noted by Gallup, with no priority). The Waste Land was originally published in the first issue of The Criterion, the quarterly review which Eliot... Learn More
    £7,500

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    First published edition, later printing, signed by the author on the title page, "Allen Ginsberg 10/13/94, AH". First published in 1956, this landmark collection defined the discontented voice of its epoch for a generation. It was Ginsberg's first regularly published book, preceded only by the privately produced mimeographed... Learn More
    £500

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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "For Lawrence Ferling sic Luck etc Louis Zukofky Sept 1, 1954". Ferlinghetti was a key figure among the Beat writers and was the publisher of Allen Ginsberg's Howl. Zukofsky's book is an attempt... Learn More
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  16. 129697

    Poems.

    New York: 1927

    Second US edition, first printing, following the first US edition of 1920. Learn More
    £350

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  17. 129591
    First edition, number 67 of 99 copies, of this collection of Brooke's fragmentary works. The collection mostly comprises verses written by Brooke into books that subsequently fell into the publisher's hands, "the publication was not authorized by Mrs. Brook" (Keynes). Learn More
    £350

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    First edition, first impression, of the poet's second major collection. Signed by the author in the year of publication on the title page: "Seamus Heaney, October 1969". Learn More
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  19. 129586
    First edition of this excellent record of Byron's final days. William Parry (1773-1859) travelled to Greece as an artillery officer in the crusade for independence. There he met Byron, who enjoyed his company, and employed him as his adviser and occasional amanuensis. Parry saw Byron frequently during his fatal illness,... Learn More
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  20. 129444comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by Heaney in the month of publication on the title page, "For Eric Dickson keep scanning! Seamus Heaney September 2010", together with a loosely inserted autographed card signed from Heaney reading "Eric - Excuse the haste - I'm hurtleing sic to London - no end... Learn More
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  21. 129443
    First edition, first impression, of this early collection grouping poems by Heaney and Longley, alongside folk ballads collected by David Hammond. In addition to four selections from Death of a Naturalist (1966), including the famous "Digging", Room to Rhyme entails the first book appearance of five other Heaney... Learn More
    £975

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  22. 128768detail
    First editions of the first periodical devoted to general sportsmanship, The Sporting Magazine, issued from 1793 until 1870. This complete collection provides an invaluable resource, reflecting the changes in society and attitudes across the turn of the century, and placing them in relation to the pastimes and sports of... Learn More
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  23. 127266
    First Riccardi Press edition, number 10 of only 12 copies printed on vellum, of which 10 were for sale, out of a limited edition of 1,012 copies. First printed anonymously in 1859, the Fitzgerald translation of the Rubáiyát appealed strongly to Victorian sensibilities, became immensly popular, and went through a great... Learn More
    £6,000

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  24. 118411
    First edition thus, number 29 of 650 copies, with the very scarce dust jacket. This fine Nonesuch Press edition constitutes the first printing in facsimile of Blake's famous notebook, known as the "Rossetti Manuscript", after its acquisition by Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1847. This notebook contained a number of latterly... Learn More
    £575

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    Crow Wakes.

    Woodford Green, Essex: 1971

    First edition, first printing, one of the scarce 100 copies retained by the poet, which seldom come to market, this copy signed and numbered by Hughes not once but twice. The title page verso is signed "No 26 Ted Hughes" the front free endpaper is signed and numbered "Ted Hughes 44/88". The printer Alan Tarling informed... Learn More
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    Third printing, originally published in 1970. Inscribed by the poet Alan Brownjohn in the margin above his section of the anthology (p. 263), "Signed for Nicholas Gammage - with all good wishes to you and for your poetry - Alan Brownjohn, 24th January 1974". Brownjohn and Gammage were both friends with Ted Hughes, who also... Learn More
    £65

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  27. 127606comp
    First Edition. Freya Stark's personal copy of Professor William Ker's lectures delivered as Professor of Poetry in Oxford between 1920 and 1922, which was given to Stark by Ker's sister just a few weeks after Ker's death on 17th July and bears is inscribed to her, "Freya Stark. 6th August 1923. Love P.M.K Penelope M. Ker".... Learn More
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  28. 129039comp
    First and signed limited US edition, number 478 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper. Learn More
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  29. 128817
    First trade edition, first impression, of this richly and intricately illustrated work. 525 signed copies were also issued. Learn More
    £950

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  30. God Save the King
    First and limited edition, number 29 of 150 copies signed by the author. This is the only substantial poetry collection of Brian Howard (1905-1958), one of the Eton Arts Society group with Harold Acton, Oliver Messel, Anthony Powell, and Henry Yorke; at Oxford he knew Evelyn Waugh and Waugh, writing later that Howard "dazzled... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 106933

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    A Crow Hymn.

    Frensham, Surrey: 1970

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister in the month of its publication on the title page, "To Olwyn, with love from Ted, March 23rd 70". This is one of approximately eight copies that Sagar & Tabor record as being out of series. Otherwise the edition was limited to 100 copies,... Learn More
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    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... Learn More
    £500

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  33. 126087comp
    First edition thus, first impression, inscribed by Ted Hughes on the front free endpaper, "For Oona and Terence, with much love from Ted, January 1982". There are also a number of corrections written in Hughes's hand on the same page, "Leap - Page 57, her - 269 anesthetised?, o - P59" as well as occasional ink annotations,... Learn More
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  34. 125375comp
    First and sole edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front wrapper, "Ian Hope Simpson, Robert Graves, 1925". John Barclay (Ian) Hope Simpson (1905-1989) was the son of Sir John Hope Simpson, British Liberal politician and author of the first global history of the modern refugee. In the year... Learn More
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  35. 122192
    First edition thus, first impression, number 541 of 900 copies. A modern edition of the 1600 original, which was enlarged in 1614, in lovely binding. Learn More
    £275

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  36. 125368comp
    First and sole edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front wrapper, "Ian Hope Simpson, Robert Graves, 1925". John Barclay (Ian) Hope Simpson (1905-1989) was the son of Sir John Hope Simpson, British Liberal politician and author of the first global history of the modern refugee. In the year... Learn More
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  37. 128673
    First edition thus, second overall, one of 415 copies, of this poetry collection by Arthur Symons. This edition was significantly expanded from the first, which was published in 1892. Arthur Symons (1865-1945) was a poet and literary critic, member of the Rhymer's Club, contributor to The Yellow Book, and literary editor... Learn More
    £250

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  38. 128903

    Le Rime.

    Florence: 1822

    An attractive Italian edition of Petrarch's poetry.



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    Le Rime del Petrarca con brevi annotazioni. (Prefazione del Sig. Antonio Marsand premessa alla splendida edizione da esso procurata in Padova nel 1820.-Memorie della vita di Francesco Petrarca ch'egli stesso ne lasciò scritte nelle opere sue latine... Learn More
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  39. 128801
    Signed limited edition, number 6 of 20 copies signed by Ferlinghetti along with two signed paintings by Soheyl Dahi. Learn More
    £250

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  40. 128437
    First edition, first impression. Viola Garvin (1898-1969) was an English poet who served as literary editor at The Observer from 1926 to 1942. This was her third and final book. From the publisher's archive, with their stamp to half-title and notations on rear panel. Learn More
    £45

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    Compassion.

    Dorchester: 1924

    First edition, sole impression, number 8 of 25 copies numbered and initially by Florence Emily Hardy; this copy is additionally signed by the author at the end of the poem. Hardy wrote this work at the request of the RSPCA as part of their centenary celebrations. It was printed in The Times on 16 June 1924, where it was... Learn More
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  42. 127672
    First collected edition, one of 155 unnumbered copies printed for private circulation. The four books were respectively published in 1823, 1824, 1827 and 1844, all in a very small print run, with this being the second printing of each.
    With the tipped-in bookplate produced by the Scottish artist Katherine Cameron (1874-1965)... Learn More
    £400

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    Signed limited edition, number 22 of 100 copies. Signed by Rosengarten at the end of the preface and on each plate. Additionally signed by each contributing poet at the foot of their poems (except A. J. M. Smith, who died before the project could be completed). Also signed by Jones at the end of the introduction. This artist-poet... Learn More
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  44. 126170comp
    Offprint from From the Hills of Dream, inscribed pseudonymously by the author on the first blank, "To George Cotterell, Poet and Friend, In Christmas Greeting, from Fiona MacLeod". Sharp later dedicated Ecce Puella and Other Prose Imagining (1896), which he published under his real name, to Cotterell (1839-1898). Writer... Learn More
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  45. 127163comp
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: "To Maggie Derek Walcott 96", with a later pencilled note pointing to the inscription and dating it 1969. The recipient may have been Margaret Vyner, the mother of the British poet Hugo Williams, as a cutting of Williams's review of Walcott's... Learn More
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  46. 124474
    First collected edition of Yeats's work, signed by Yeats on the half-title of the last volume and very scarce thus, one of the 250 first issue sets in the deluxe quarter vellum binding, with the publisher's imprint on the spines and title pages, from a total edition of 1,060 sets printed at the Shakespeare Head Press. The... Learn More
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  47. 111629comp
    First edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to D. G. Rossetti on the title page, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti, from his friend, George Meredith", with authorial manuscript corrections in the text. (The Hayward exhibition copy, also inscribed and corrected, had a note in Merdith's hand apologizing for "Errata ennumerable".)... Learn More
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  48. 118719
    An exceptional complete collection of the publications of the Fantasy Press, Oxford, including scarce early works of poetry by Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Geoffrey Hill, Elizabeth Jennings, Thom Gunn, Adrienne Cecil Rich, Anthony Thwaite, Adrian Mitchell, and many others. The publications of the Fantasy Press, established... Learn More
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    Eclipse.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire: 1976

    Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's..."> First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister a month after its publication on the title page, "For Olwyn, much love, Ted 24 Aug 76". This copy is number 58 of 250 copies, of which numbers 1-50 were signed by the author.
    Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's... Learn More
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  50. 125908comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn love Ted 9th March 1992". The inscription precedes the book's publication date, on 13 April 1992, by a month. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £500

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  51. 125893comp
    First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the half-title "For Olwyn - love from Ted November 1986". The American edition had been published in September 1986, the UK edition in October. Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn... Learn More
    £475

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  52. 125889comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Olwyn much love from Ted 22nd April 77". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent,... Learn More
    £500

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    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy to the author's sister Olwyn, inscribed on the front free endpaper on the day of publication: "For Olwyn / Did we hit? / Or did we miss?/ How do we come / To be doing this? / Love from me Ted 18 September 1989". The short poem, or extract thereof, could not be traced in... Learn More
    £450

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  54. 125811comp
    First editions, first impressions, paperback issues. Dedication copies, both inscribed on the front free endpaper to the author's sister Olwyn Hughes: "For Olwyn with love Ted October 1995". Olwyn and Gerald, Hughes's brother, shared the dedication of the four Animal Poems books, with these two books being vols. II and III.... Learn More
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  55. 123742
    First edition of the second of the Yorkshire-born artist and archivist's two collections of Scottish vernacular songs written or gathered by Burns. Cromek's accuracy was suspect for many years, principally because of his gullibility in reprinting Allan Cunningham's inventions as genuine in his Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway... Learn More
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  56. 125873comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the front free endpaper, "For Olwyn, with love Xmas 1981 from Carol and Ted", and with an original unpublished 19-line manuscript poem on a rear blank entitled "Some Spare Cormorant for Olwyn". Number 151 of 250 copies signed... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the front free endpaper, "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 27 Oct 76". Hughes was very close to his sister Olwyn. After Plath's suicide in 1963 Olwyn helped to bring up their children, became her brother's literary agent, established... Learn More
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    Wodwo.

    London: 1967

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Olwyn with love from Ted 21st April 1967". The inscription preceded the publication of the book, on 18 May 1967, by a month. Sagor and Tabor cite another copy inscribed to Hughes's brother... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 125852

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  59. 125774comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the half-title, "For Olwyn, with love, Ted Christmas 1991", together with a large original ornate ink drawing of a fantastical garden. Number XI of 30 copies numbered in Roman numerals, signed and reserved by the author. There... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 125774

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  60. 125849comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 38 of 226 copies signed by the author, of which 200 copies were for public sale. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, with her ownership inscription on the front free endpaper. Learn More
    £500

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