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  1. 125737comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 25 of 160 copies signed by the author and artist. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. This work is described by Ted Hughes as "a numb poem about numbness" in which "Prometheus eventually comes to terms... Learn More
    £750

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  2. 127156
    First Baudry edition, presented here in a very pretty period binding by Hering. Despite references in contemporary Parisian almanacks to "J. Hering" as a French and English bookbinder, there is little evidence that this Hering, who has signed his name in the customary French manner at the base of the spine on the first volume,... Learn More
    £1,500

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    Sunstruck.

    Knotting: 1977

    First edition, limited issue, number 272 of 300 copies, of which the first 100 were signed. This copy, however, is also signed by the author on the limitation page and inscribed by him to his sister on the title page, "To Olwyn, with love from Ted". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and... Learn More
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  4. 126399comp
    First edition, first impression, inscribed by Hughes to his sister before the publication date on the front free endpaper, "To Olwyn, 28th Jan. 64. With love, Ted". 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
    £350

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    A Solstice.

    Knotting, Bedfordshire: 1978

    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister in the month after its publication on the title page, "For Olwyn, with love from Ted, August 1978". This copy is number 140 of 350 copies, of which only the first 100 were to be signed by the poet; this copy is, however, also signed... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 126111

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  6. 126113comp
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn less than a month after its publication on the title page, "With love to Olwyn from Ted May 1st 1967". This is copy C of 26 copies lettered A-Z and signed by the author. A further 380 unsigned copies went on general sale. This... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 126113

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  7. 126076comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 123 of 180 copies numbered and signed by the author. This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 126076

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    Crow.

    London: 1970

    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author to his sister Olwyn Hughes, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Olwyn with lots of love from Ted 30th Sept 70", surrounded by a hand-drawn long-tailed lizard upon a leaf. The inscription precedes the book's publication on the 12 October 1970 by a couple... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 125957

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  9. 126866comp
    Signed limited edition, each one of 200 copies (volume I number 62; volume II number 32) signed by Dobson in pencil on the portrait frontispiece. This work is the result of collaboration between the Guild of Women Binders and colourist Gloria Cardew, with the frontispiece and plates hand-coloured by Cardew. Although Cardew... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 126866

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  10. 127093

    Sonnets.

    Lexington, Kentucky: 1956

    Limited edition, number 90 of 240 copies. An attractive example of a production of a lesser-known American private press, printed by Jacob Hammer on handmade paper, after the Praetorius Facsimile edition of the first quarto of 1609. The Anvil Press was a small association of ten printing enthusiasts, active during the fifties... Learn More
    £500

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  11. 126762
    First edition, first impression, of what is generally accepted to be Yeats's single most important collection. The Tower includes many of Yeats's greatest and most enduring poems, including "Sailing to Byzantium", "Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen", "Leda and the Swan", and "Among School Children". Learn More
    £2,000

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    First edition, first printing, letter O of 26 specially bound copies signed by Ginsberg and Orlovsky. This is publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe issue, additionally signed by him on the title page, and with two unpublished autograph letters signed from Ginsberg to Leyland laid in. The first letter,... Learn More
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  13. 126794
    First edition of this collection of verses by Oxford men celebrating the restoration of Charles II to the throne, written in Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, French and English. Oxford, Charles I's capital during the Civil War, had remained a bastion of royalism, and by all accounts the University welcomed the Stuarts' return.... Learn More
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  14. Travellers' Verse.
    First edition, first impression, of the anthology compiled by Margaret Gwyneth Lloyd Thomas (1899-1978), Life Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 97286

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    First and limited edition, number 289 of 300 copies issued. Presentation copy, inscribed by the photographer on the front cover of the title bifolium, "a Jeanine et Pierre, ces images de Paris et da Limousin, cordialement I. Bidermanas, 24-XII-1950". Les Yeux de L'Ame is Bidermanas's first published work, his popular Paris... Learn More
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  16. 125777comp
    First edition, first impression, wrappered issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister Olwyn on the first blank, "For Olwyn, With much love, Ted October 1979". This copy is from the library of Frieda Hughes, daughter of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, though unmarked as such. It was published simultaneously... Learn More
    £375

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  17. 126159comp
    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
    £450

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  18. 123869
    Corrected proof sheets, with manuscript and typewritten annotations on 23 pages, the majority in McAlmon's hand. McAlmon makes changes to both the formatting and language of the poems, proving an insight into his writing method. The Portrait of a Generation was published in 1926 by his own Contact Publishing Company in an... Learn More
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  19. 123843
    First edition of this gift book, which includes many works by Lord Byron, the abolitionist John Bicknell and extracts from contemporary travel books, such as "A Coffee House at Sarabuse described". Completing the work is an illustrated memoranda for 1826, listing important events which took place on certain days in each... Learn More
    £275

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  20. 126572comp
    Signed limited edition of a 100 copies, this copy out of series, signed by the editor on the title page and by all 14 contributing poets on the facing page. The copy of the editor Anthony Thwaite, with his ownership signature in pencil to the front free endpaper. The signed issue preceded the trade edition. Together with... Learn More
    £750

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  21. 123977
    First edition, first impression, of Graves's first book, published when he was serving as a subaltern in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers during the First World War, shortly after his first meeting with fellow poet and Fusilier Siegfried Sassoon. This first impression was published on 1 May 1916. There was a second impression in... Learn More
    £975

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  22. 126140comp
    Door..."> First edition, first impression, signed by Heaney on the title page, scarce cloth issue. This copy has the ownership inscription of Anthony Thwaite (b. 1930), an important English poet and editor of "the Movement", and the literary executor of Philip Larkin. Thwaite had favourably reviewed Heaney's 1969 collection Door... Learn More
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  23. 125848comp
    First edition, first impression, one of 6,000 unnumbered copies. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper: "Ted Hughes Feb 1979". From the author's retained stock, though unmarked as such. Learn More
    £200

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    First edition, signed limited issue, number 98 of 100 copies numbered and signed by the author. Pound selected these poems himself, picking from his previous collections and also including six poems by his friend the critic and poet T. E. Hulme, "the father of Imagism", who had been killed in Flanders. A trade edition of... Learn More
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  25. 123679

    Destinations.

    Shipston-on-Stour: 1985

    First and limited edition, one of 300 copies (this copy unnumbered and out of series), beautifully printed by Sebastian Carter at the Rampant Lions Press. Although Thomas's poetry is "commonly renowned for pessimism and distress... Destinations is the neglected mainspring of the poet's philosophical turning towards affirmation"... Learn More
    £125

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  26. 124878comp
    First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper (probably in a secretarial hand): "From the Author". Townshend (1798-1868, originally Townsend, he added the "H" in 1828) was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, winning the chancellor's medal for his poem "Jerusalem" (published 1817) and thereafter... Learn More
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  27. 124871
    First edition, number 4 of 25 large paper copies, the limitation being in the hand of the publisher, Leonard Smithers, of a total edition of 425 copies. This collection of poems was inspired by a woman called "Lydia" who Symons had met in either 1893 or 1894 (Munro, Arthur Symons, p. 54.) In it, Lydia was "admirably cast... Learn More
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  28. 119624
    First edition, first impression. Collects a number of the author's best known war poems and much previously unpublished work. This in many ways is Sassoon's key poetical statement on the war. Learn More
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  29. 125671
    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
    £1,500

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  30. 125112comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, one of 59 copies signed by the contributing poets, namely: Conrad Aiken, Kenneth Allott, W. H. Auden, George Barker, John Peale Bishop, R. P. Blackmur, Hugh Chisholm, Gene Derwood, Richard Eberhart, William Empson, Jean Garrigue, Horace Gregory, Alfred Hayes, Ruth Herschberger, Randall... Learn More
    £7,500

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  31. 125430comp
    First and signed limited US edition, number 232 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
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 125430

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  32. 120646
    First edition, first impression. In 1945, W.H. Auden awarded Moore the Patron Prize for Contemporary Poetry and in 1947 he received the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize from Poetry Magazine. The poet and editor Meary James Thurairajah Tambimuttu commissioned the young Lucian Freud to illustrate this book of poems and it is... Learn More
    £325

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    First edition, number 15 of 50 large paper copies signed by the printer. The bookplate of H. Bradley Martin, one of the greatest book collectors of the 20th century, is on the front pastedown. Learn More
    £350

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  34. A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.
    An attractive complete set of the books issued by the Dun Emer Press, the private press established by Yeats's sisters that played a central part in the Celtic Revival. The poet acted as literary editor and subsidised its productions; a number of the publications are Yeats first editions. "In 1902, when Lily Yeats and her... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 102604

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  35. 123630
    Limited edition, one of 130 copies printed on BFK Rives Velin paper. The total edition consisted of 310 copies, of which 300 were for sale, this number 204. First published in 1927 by René Bonnel, this edition of Pierre Louÿ's collected erotic poems is here illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky (1891-1970), also known as Rojan,... Learn More
    £500

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  36. 123629comp
    A loose printed page from an unknown source is laid-in. On one side there is a French-English parallel text of Mesens's Poem..."> Limited edition, inscribed by the author for the surrealist book collector John Lyle, the author's inscription "To John Lyle" repeatedly down the page in different pens, number 432 of 1,050 copies.
    A loose printed page from an unknown source is laid-in. On one side there is a French-English parallel text of Mesens's Poem... Learn More
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  37. 123743comp
    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, with an autograph Christmas card signed by Betjeman in English and Gaelic loosely inserted. A lovely association copy owned by the Irish architectural historian, writer and poet Maurice Craig (1919-2011), with his bookplate to the front pastedown... Learn More
    £1,250

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  38. 120438
    Second collected edition of Scott's poetical works. A handsomely bound library set. Learn More
    £750

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  39. 116410
    A collection of eighteenth-century poetry in an attractive contemporary binding, comprising seven works by three authors, with good evidence of contemporary readership. The collection includes examples of the biting poetic satires of Charles Churchill and William Coombes, alongside an early edition of Goldsmith's Deserted... Learn More
    £750

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  40. 124035
    First edition, first impression. This anthology of poems about travel from across the centuries includes poems by Percy Bysshe Shelley, W. B. Yeats, and Alfred Lord Tennyson, amongst other authors. It was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series, which was edited by W. J. Turner and Sheila Shannon. Learn More
    £175

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  41. 124183comp
    First edition, signed by the author on the title page, one of 200 copies issued in wrappers aside from a "Library edition" of 50 hardback copies. The Circle Game was Atwood's first regularly published book, following only a self-published poetry collection Double Persephone in 1961. It won her the first of her many awards,... Learn More
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  42. 83569
    First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker... Learn More
    £5,750

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    Second impressions. With Vita Sackville-West's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper of the first volume, "Evelyn from Vita Xmas 1931". The recipient was the journalist Evelyn Irons. By 1931 Irons had become the editor of the Features page on the Daily Mail. In March of that year she arranged to interview... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 45445

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  44. 117019comp
    First edition, number 90 of 100 copies signed by Heaney and Neumann, of Heaney's poem dedicated to the memory of poet Joseph Brodsky (who had died in 1996), using "Wystan Auden's metric feet" and composed on W. B. Yeats's anniversary. The whole edition was 120 copies, all on velin d'arches, with 20 copies lettered and hors... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 117019

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  45. 102445
    First edition, one of only three copies specially bound in blue velvet. This copy has a typed letter signed from the publisher (John "Jock" Murray VI 1909-1993) dated 1942 gifting the book to the novelist and bibliophile Michael Sadleir, enclosing the present copy as a "swop" for "the splendid Amandiana", and clarifying... Learn More
    £3,750

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    Riprap.

    Ashland, MA: 1959

    First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page, one of 500 unnumbered copies of the author's first book, a collection of poems drawing on his experiences as a forest lookout in Yosemite. Gary Snyder (b. 1930) is a leading American poet and environmentalist associated with the Beat Movement. He was... Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 123962

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  47. 123693comp
    First and signed limited edition, copy N of 26 lettered copies bound in quarter morocco and signed by the author; a further 100 copies were numbered but unsigned and issued in limp wrappers. Learn More
    £250

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  48. 123745
    Second edition of Polwhele's translation, first published in Exeter six years before; with the usual cancel title dated 1792 (a rarer variant is dated 1791, ESTC locating two copies only). The elegance of the book, with its attractive printing and delicate wood-engraved headpieces, is well matched by the bindings with neo-classical... Learn More
    £450

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  49. 122089
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £375

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  50. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
    First edition thus, deluxe limited issue: copy XX of 20 deluxe copies with an original guide sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages, as well as colour collotype proofs,from a total edition of 526 copies on Arches pure rag paper made to match that used by Blake, with each page watermarked... Learn More
    £5,250

    Stock Code: 115038

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  51. Milton: A Poem.
    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... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 115042

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  52. 123292
    An attractively bound set of Leconte de Lisle's poetry, published as part of Lemerre's Petite Bibliotheque Libraire series. It consists of four works: Poèmes Antiques (first published in 1852); Poèms Barbares (1862 as Poésies barbares); Poèmes Tragiques (1884); and Derniers Poemes (1895). Georges Levitsky was a 20th-century... Learn More
    £750

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  53. 123389
    First edition. The book marked the first complete publication of the poems Cleanness, Patience and Pearl, commonly believed to be by the same anonymous author who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The poems were taken from the late-14th century manuscript known as Cotton Nero A.x, and were almost entirely unknown until... Learn More
    £675

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  54. 122141
    First and sole edition, first printing. A Spanish-language version of Graves's paper at a conference held at the Ateneo de Madrid 3 March 1964, "The Phenomenon of Mass Tourism". "Postscript, 1965" in Graves's Majorca Observed (1965) is largely a translation of this speech. It is also republished in The Crane Bag (1969). Learn More
    £275

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  55. 122139comp
    First and sole edition, first impression, signed by the author on the title page. One of 200 copies, privately distributed, Treasure Box was Graves's first book of poetry after demobilisation following the First World War. Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 122139

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    Old Castle: 1992-98-2001-10

    First editions, first impressions, presentation copies. Each copy is inscribed by the author on the title page to book collector Philip Murray. The Ballyconnel Colours is also signed by McSweeney and contains a postcard from Dermot Healy to Murray tipped-in, "Am at the address below for a few weeks, Dermot Healy x Did not... Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 122110

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  57. 122069comp
    First and signed limited edition, number 21 of 50 copies. This portfolio comprises of seven broadsides, each individually numbered and signed by Steadman and the relevant poet: Fleur Adcock, Bill Butler, Jane Deverson, David Harsent, Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, and Douglas Mellor. Learn More
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  58. 123219
    First edition, first printing, very scarce cloth issue, of one of the first openly gay poetry anthologies. This copy has the ownership inscription of pioneering gay publisher Winston Leyland, who was a leading figure in American LGBT publishing and won the Stonewall Book Award in 1980. He established the Gay Sunshine Press... Learn More
    £300

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  59. 122990
    First edition, number 27 of 150 copies, printed on Hayle handmade paper, each copy sewn and bound by hand. Laid in is the publisher's announcement advertising this "collection of Canadian poetry for gay men". This copy has the ownership inscription of Winston Leyland (b.1940), a leading figure in American LGBT publishing... Learn More
    £225

    Stock Code: 122990

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  60. 122967

    Poikilos.

    Urbana, IL: 1971

    First edition, first printing, inscribed with a poem on the half-title, "wet windows / no tears / only rain / January 1978, a 'thread' for Winston from Tom". Two hundred and fifty copies were produced of this finely printed collection of poems. The recipient was Winston Leyland (b.1940), a leading figure in American LGBT... Learn More
    £325

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