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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Poems of Chivalry, Faery, and The Olden Time.
    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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Prison Rhymes:
    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

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

    London : 1944

    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Stock Code: 108036

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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... Learn More

    Stock Code: 131043

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. Now We Are Six.
    MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.

    London : 1927

    First edition, first impression, of the third book in the Winnie-the-Pooh series. Alongside Milne's verse, this collection is also notable for including many illustrations of Pooh, Piglet, and the other nursery toys, even when uncalled for by the poems. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138625

  26. A Season in Hell.
    (VAUGHAN, Keith, illus.) RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.

    London : 1949

    First edition thus, first impression, of this bilingual publication translated by Scottish poet Norman Cameron and illustrated by British painter Keith Vaughan. First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with a revolver in the summer of that year.

    From... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139613

  27. To My Mother.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. To My Mother.

    London : 1928

    Signed limited edition, number 463 of 500 large-paper copies printed on English handmade paper, numbered and signed by the author. Number 14 in the Ariel Poems series, Sassoon's poem pays tribute to his mother, Theresa Thornycroft Sassoon (1853-1947). Learn More

    Stock Code: 128229

  28. The Angels.
    UPDIKE, John. The Angels.

    Pensacola : 1968

    First and sole edition, one of 150 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author "for Herb Yellin something of an angel himself John" on the half title. Herb Yellin (1935-2014) was a publisher and founder of the Lord John Press, who published handsome signed limited editions for a number of high-profile authors, including Stephen King, Ray Bradbury,... Learn More

    Stock Code: 128337

  29. Lady's Poetical Magazine
    (POETRY.) Lady's Poetical Magazine

    London : 1781-2

    First editions of these poetry collections, which include works by Thomas Bellamy, Thomas Blacklock, Charles Churchill, John Gilbert Cooper. Henry Fielding, Soame Jenyns, William Fordyce Mavor, John Milton, and Hester Thrale. Learn More

    Stock Code: 125309

  30. A Change of World.
    RICH, Adrienne Cecile. A Change of World.

    New Haven, CT : 1951

    First edition, first printing, with the ownership inscription of fellow poet Anthony Thwaite, dated "London 1953", to the front free endpaper. Thwaite (b. 1930) is a poet, literary critic, and notably the literary executor for Philip Larkin. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford and, in 1953, whilst still an undergraduate and a year after Rich herself... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139711

  31. The War Poems.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. The War Poems.

    London : 1919

    First edition, first impression. The volume includes 63 poems of the war, most written while Sassoon was in hospital recovering from his injuries. "Sassoon's savagely realistic and compassionate war poems had established his stature as a fully fledged poet, and despite all his later prose and verse, and his growing aversion to the label, it was mainly... Learn More

    Stock Code: 135908

  32. Hommage aux mânes de Mirabeau.
    CAPINAUD, [Antoine]. Hommage aux mânes de Mirabeau.

    Lyon : 1791

    First and only edition of this scarce verse tribute to Mirabeau. WorldCat records just two copies in institutions worldwide, in Harvard and BM Lyon. Learn More

    Stock Code: 126494

  33. Spring Summer Autumn Winter.
    HUGHES, Ted. Spring Summer Autumn Winter.

    London : 1973

    First edition, number 53 of 140 copies only, signed by the author. This copy is additionally inscribed by Hughes to the front free endpaper, "Among the acres of the rye / These pretty country folk do lie - With our sincere love from Carol and Ted June 27th 1975". The lines of verse are a slight mis-transcription of the song "It Was a Lover and His Lass"... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139682

  34. Cien sonetos de amor.
    NERUDA, Pablo. Cien sonetos de amor.

    Santiago : 1959

    First edition, first printing, number 203 of a total edition of 300 copies signed by the author. This is one of the 250 printed on Ledger paper and accompanied by a lithograph by Antunez, signed in pencil by the artist. Of the remaining 50 copies, 20 were printed for the press, eight copies were reserved for collaborators, and 22 copies were printed... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139649

  35. Three Stories.
    UPDIKE, John. Three Stories.

    New York : 2002

    First edition, number 183 of 250 copies only signed by Updike, Cook, and the publisher, Luke Ives Pontifell. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139591

  36. Les malheurs des immortels.
    ÉLUARD, Paul, & Max Ernst. Les malheurs des immortels.

    Paris : 1945

    Second edition, number 1,729, one of 500 on vélin rose, from a total edition of 1,860. The first edition was printed in an unspecified "small number of copies" (rear of volume).

    This is Ernst and Éluard's second joint publication and first genuine collaboration: for Répétitions, published earlier the same year as Les Malheurs... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139596

  37. Dante's Inferno.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI; PHILLIPS, Tom, illus. & trans. Dante's Inferno.

    London : 1985

    First trade edition of Phillips's Dante, this number 67 of 100 special copies containing a loose signed and numbered Phillips screenprint, additionally signed on the limitation page, and slipcased. This is the signed limited issue of the "popular edition" (jacket front flap), following the 180 copies of the original edition produced at the Talfourd... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139494

  38. Aucassin and Nicolete.
    PAUL, Evelyn. Aucassin and Nicolete.

    London : [1917]

    First Evelyn Paul edition, deluxe signed limited issue, number 117 of 125 copies signed by the illuminator Evelyn Paul, and bound in decorated full vellum. Paul's designs are based on the decoration of mediaeval manuscripts, a fine accompaniment for Michael West's translation of the French tale, composed around the late 12th to early 13th century. Learn More

    Stock Code: 139446

  39. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.
    VASSOS, John (illus.); WILDE, Oscar. The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

    New York : 1930

    Early printing of John Vassos's illustrated Ballad of Reading Gaol, signed on the half title by the illustrator, and in excellent condition with the jacket and glassine. John Vassos (1898-1985) was an American industrial and graphic designer famous for designing the first commercially available television sets and many other popular products and logos.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139448

  40. Turtle Island.
    SNYDER, Gary. Turtle Island.

    New York : 1974

    First edition, first printing, scarce first issue (without the Pulitzer sticker to the jacket), inscribed on the title page "For Gary Lepper Gary Snyder", Snyder adding a small ink drawing of a turtle below. Lepper is a bibliographer (the author of A Bibliographical Introduction to Seventy-five Modern American Authors) and book collector based in California.... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139303

  41. Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music.
    ESSEX HOUSE PRESS: DRYDEN, John. Alexander's Feast; or, the Power of Music.

    Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904

    First Essex House edition, number 61 of 140 copies only printed on vellum and hand-illuminated, number 11 in their "Great Poems of the Language" series. The book's production was overseen by Charles Robert Ashbee (1863-1942), a central figure in the arts and crafts movement and founder of the Guild and School of Handicraft.

    For this work Florence... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139264

  42. The Works.
    BURNS, Robert. The Works.

    Edinburgh : 1877-9

    First William Scott Douglas edition, a very fine edition, well printed on superior paper, and here abundantly extra-illustrated. The edition is described by ODNB as a "splendid, six-volume library edition. The poems in this edition are arranged chronologically, and while it was the most sumptuous yet published it was also the most complete and correct... Learn More

    Stock Code: 139102

  43. The Rime of The Ancient Mariner.
    COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Rime of The Ancient Mariner.


    First edition, first impression, one of 525 numbered copies, signed by the artist on the limitation leaf. Learn More

    Stock Code: 32375

  44. The Seven Ages of Woman, and Other Poems.
    STRICKLAND, Agnes. The Seven Ages of Woman, and Other Poems.

    London : 1827

    First edition, presentation copy from the author's sister, inscribed on the half-title "To Mrs Cautley with Jane M Strickland's love", later inscribed on the half-title verso, "To Miss G. F. J. Foster with compliments from Andrew J Cutler", with the ownership signature of Ida S. Cutler to the title page.

    The Seven Ages of Woman is Agnes Strickland's... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138335

  45. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
    ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.


    A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138062

  46. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:
    HALLIWELL, James Orchard. Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales:

    London : 1849

    First edition of this important little work; scarce in commerce. James Orchard Halliwell (later Halliwell-Philipps, 1820-1889), antiquary and literary scholar, co-founder of both the Percy and Shakespeare Societies, is one of the most significant figures in the codification of English nursery rhymes. Popular Rhymes was a sequel to his groundbreaking... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136692

  47. The Legend of St. Bernard.
    BACON, Mary Ann. The Legend of St. Bernard.

    Norwich : [1840]

    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "Mrs Howlett from her affectionate friend MAB". We can trace ten copies in institutions worldwide, just one of those a presentation copy, inscribed from the author's father (see below).

    The little-known British poet Mary Ann Bacon (fl. 1839-1870, d. 1875) was born into... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136220

  48. The Dreamer and the Sheaves,
    ORTON, I. R. The Dreamer and the Sheaves,

    London : 1955

    First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author to the title page, "To Alan Guest, best wishes from I. R. Orton". Loosely inserted in this copy are two letters to the editor of Stand magazine and poet Jon Silkin, one in manuscript, dated 27 November 1954; the second typed and signed in manuscript. Alongside the letters Orton has sent... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136259

  49. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.
    COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Keats. The Poetical Works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats.

    Paris : 1829

    First edition of the first anthology of the Romantic writers, also comprising the first collected edition of the poems of John Keats. Each poet is prefaced with a memoir, that of Shelley incorporating Mary Shelley's preface to his Posthumous Poems. Galignani's Paris editions of the English poets were piracies (he also pirated Crabbe, Hazlitt, Washington... Learn More

    Stock Code: 136066

  50. Poems.
    MEREDITH, George. Poems.

    London : [1851]

    First edition of the author's first book, the publication of which he funded himself. Though he later disowned the work, it was praised at the time by both Tennyson and Charles Kingsley. Learn More

    Stock Code: 130288

  51. La divina commedia.
    DANTE ALIGHIERI. La divina commedia.

    London : 1808-9

    First Zotti edition. Romualdo Zotti (d. c.1819) was an Italian expatriate who acted as a teacher of Italian for young noble women as well as being a printer, producing highly popular guides to French and Italian grammar as well as editions of Italian poets such as Petrarch. Zotti's focus upon the education of the English upper classes is indicated by... Learn More

    Stock Code: 124978

  52. The Black Riders and Other Lines.
    CRANE, Stephen. The Black Riders and Other Lines.

    Boston : 1895

    First edition, deluxe issue, one of 50 copies printed in green on japon. The Black Riders is first book of poetry by Stephen Crane (1871-1900), famous for his novels such as his acclaimed Civil War tale The Red Badge of Courage, published in the same year as this collection. Crane was a prolific writer of poetry, though only in private at first, writing... Learn More

    Stock Code: 117295

  53. The Calling of the Sea.
    HODGSON, William Hope. The Calling of the Sea.

    London : [1920]

    First edition, first impression. This poetry collection was published posthumously by Hodgson's widow, Betty ("Bessie") Gertrude Farnworth; Hodgson died in the First World War, killed by an artillery shell at Ypres on 17 April, 1918. Learn More

    Stock Code: 103030

  54. The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.
    SASSOON, Siegfried. The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.

    London : 1917

    First edition, first impression, in the very scarce jacket, of Sassoon's first collection of war poetry. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138949

  55. Sweeney and the Saint.
    HEANEY, Seamus. Sweeney and the Saint.

    Loughcrew : 1982

    First edition, one of 125 copies. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the manuscript collector and dealer Roy Davids on the title page: "To Roy, with love and happy memories at Christmas, Seamus & Marie & the boys & Catherine Ann." The poem was privately printed for use by the author as his Christmas card for 1982. Learn More

    Stock Code: 103121

  56. Selected Poems 1956-1968.
    COHEN, Leonard. Selected Poems 1956-1968.

    New York : 1968

    First edition, first printing, clothbound issue, review copy with publisher's slip loosely inserted. Cohen's poetry collection includes "Suzanne Takes You Down" (additionally printed on the rear of the jacket), which had been set to music and performed as Cohen's debut single the previous year. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138845

  57. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
    TOLKIEN, J. R. R., & E. V. Gordon, eds. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    Oxford : 1925

    First edition, first impression. A scholarly edition of the Middle English alliterative romance, the text is reproduced from the original 14th-century manuscript (now held at the British Library) with copious notes, details and glossaries by Tolkien and Gordon, which "opened new fields of study and which remained standard, in revised form, throughout... Learn More

    Stock Code: 138787

  58. Milton: A Poem.
    BLAKE, William. Milton: A Poem.

    Clairvaux : 1967

    First edition thus, copy S of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, containing an original guide-sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages in the stencil work, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition... Learn More

    Stock Code: 115042

  59. Peer Gynt.
    RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); IBSEN, Henrik. Peer Gynt.

    London : 1936

    Signed limited edition, number 403 of 460 numbered copies signed by Arthur Rackham. Learn More

    Stock Code: 113158

  60. Leaves of Grass.
    WHITMAN, Walt. Leaves of Grass.

    San Francisco : 1930

    First Grabhorn Press edition, number 371 of 400 copies. The largest undertaking of the Grabhorn Press, arguably their finest production, and one of the great examples of American fine printing, using as its text Whitman's final edition of Leaves of Grass, published shortly before his death. Learn More

    Stock Code: 138793

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