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Rare first editions, signed and inscribed copies, deluxe and collectible editions of books of poetry; also individual poems and related ephemera.

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    V.

    Newcastle upon Tyne: 1985

    First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the half-title, dated 17 December 1986. Harrison's long poem V. was written after he visited his parents' grave in the cemetery on Beeston Hill, Leeds, to find that it had been graffitied. Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 123109

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  2. 122650
    First edition, with the half-titles, and scarce thus untrimmed, one of only 500 copies printed. This publication is one of the finest single-author poetry collections in English, containing most of Wordsworth's best-remembered lyrics: poems such as "Daffodils" ("I wandered lonely as a cloud"), "The world is too much with... Learn More
    £3,250

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  3. 122639
    First edition, first state, uncommon thus unrestored in a contemporary binding, one of only 500 copies printed. This publication is one of the finest single-author poetry collections in English, containing most of Wordsworth's best-remembered lyrics: poems such as "Daffodils" ("I wandered lonely as a cloud"), "The world... Learn More
    £4,250

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  4. 122795
    First edition, one of 590 copies printed at the author's own expense, of his third collection of poetry, very scarce, and here bound in an attractive near-contemporary French binding, barely trimmed and preserving the first and final blank and the half-title.
    Verlaine's first six collections of verse had "very limited... Learn More
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  5. 122922
    First edition, first impression. Charles Williams (1886-1945) was a British writer who was a member of the Inklings, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S Lewis's discussion group at Oxford. Williams's second book of poetry, the work is ambitious and, despite its title, anything but conformist, merging religion with sex and politics.... Learn More
    £875

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    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, this copy is inscribed by the author to "Claire P. Beck, with the kindest regards and best wishes of Clark Ashton Smith, Auburn, Cal., May 8th, 1938", here with the rare glassine jacket intact, one of 250 copies printed. Tipped-in at the rear is a three-page printing of David... Learn More
    £1,500

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  7. 122170comp
    First and limited edition, pre-publication presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "à Adolphe de Milly avec mon trés amical souvenir, Yvan Goll, Paris 11 avril 1949"; number 90 of 300 copies on Rives (from a total edition of 333). The colophon notes that "cet ouvrage a été achevé d'imprimeur le 15 Mai 1949".... Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 122170

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  8. 122014
    First US edition, first printing, originally published the previous year. This copy is signed by the author on the half-title and is accompanied by Watkin's complimentary slip, perhaps for purposes of review. Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 122014

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  9. 121795comp
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper,"To Mrs R. G. Foke with the kindest regards, Allen Tate, Memphis May 24, 1935". Tate was a member of The Fugitives, an informal group of Southern poets who were preoccupied with defending the traditional values of the agrarian... Learn More
    £700

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  10. 109741
    A complete set, one volume inscribed by Ford, of first printings of the remarkable American literary and art magazine published by artist and writer Charles Henri Ford and writer and film critic Parker Tyler. View covered the contemporary avant-garde and Surrealist scene, and was published quarterly as finances permitted.... Learn More
    £12,500

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  11. 122652comp
    First edition, deluxe issue, number B of 26 lettered copies signed by both poet and artist, bound by Earle Gray, and with an original signed ink drawing by Brainard dated 1974 bound in; this copy additionally a presentation copy, inscribed by Ashbery in the year of publication to his friend the artist R. B. Kitaj: "for R.... Learn More
    £2,750

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  12. 113365detail
    Complete collection of the semi-annual literary journal Botteghe oscure, with the 1949 Rome issue of Volume I (Volume I was first published in 1948 in Naples). Founded by Marguerite Caetani in Rome in 1948 and named after the street on which the editorial office was located, Botteghe oscure was an explicitly international... Learn More
    £2,250

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    First edition. Presentation copy inscribed by Waller on recto of front wrapper: "To Bunty from John, 27 November 1942", and with a later inscription below: "To Stan Eker from John Waller", with Waller's annotations throughout. An eccentric alcoholic war-poet posted in the Middle East, John Waller (1917-1995) founded the... Learn More
    £225

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  14. The War Poems.
    First edition, first impression of Sassoon's key poetical statement on the war, collecting a number of the author's best known war poems, and numerous previously unpublished works. Learn More
    £2,250

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  15. 122439

    Kitab al-Muhammadiyah.

    Istanbul: 1298 AH/1880-1 CE

    Uncommon Istanbul imprint of this popular Turkish translation of the Magharib al-Zaman (Sunsets of Time), a devotional work on the Prophet Muhammad, translated from the original Arabic by the author, Ottoman Sufi poet Yazicioglu Mehmet (d. 1491; his name means "son of the scribe"). Mehmet, a native of the Gallipoli peninsula,... Learn More
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  16. 104594
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of 14 poems parodying the work of Humbert Wolfe, who had irritated Sassoon for various reasons. Pinchbeck was a cheap alloy used for Victorian brooches; the pseudonym therefore suggested a fake poet. The book was published on 15 May 1931 in an edition of 1,000 copies. Learn More
    £125

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  17. 101500
    First edition, first impression, of the author's second book, a collection of poetry based on his experiences during the First World War. Learn More
    £175

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    Poemas.

    Barcelona: 1979

    First edition, first printing. Signed by the author on the half-title, stamped 075. Learn More
    £450

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  19. 121533

    Works.

    London: 1916-8

    First UK editions, first impressions. An attractively bound set of Brooke's works:
    i) John Webster and the Elizabethan Drama first written by Brooke in 1911-2 for the fellowship at King's College, Cambridge, John Webster was first published in the US four days before its UK publication.
    ii) Letters from America... Learn More
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  20. 119975
    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
    £875

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  21. 121636
    This portrait of a pensive Yeats was taken by London-based American photographer Sherril V. Schell (1877-1964), who during the first decades of the 20th century in his London studio executed portraits of several literary figures such as Wilfrid Wilson Gibson and, famously, Rupert Brooke. Schell has signed the mount in pencil,... Learn More
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  22. 121643
    This portrait of a pensive W. B. Yeats was taken by London-based American photographer Sherril V. Schell (1877-1964), who during the first decades of the 20th century in his Victoria studio executed portraits of several London literary figures such as Wilfrid Wilson Gibson and, famously, Rupert Brooke. Schell has signed... Learn More
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  23. 121077
    First edition, first printing, of Pound's follow up instalment to the Cantos, after the Draft of XXX Cantos was published in 1930. Learn More
    £275

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    First edition, one of 60 large paper copies, inscribed and signed by Carman with the 8-line poem "Daisies" (also printed on page 13) written out on the half title, and additionally signed or initialled by Carman no less than 26 times in the text (conceivably marking out the poems of which he, rather than Hovey, was author).... Learn More
    £500

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  25. 120866
    First edition, first impression, with very scarce dust jacket. This is Sassoon's first collection of war poetry. Learn More
    £975

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  26. 122185
    First trade edition, number 10 of the "Contributor's Edition" issue, inscribed by Corso on the front wrapper with a 5 line poem, and additionally signed by Robert Kelley, Gary Snyder, Rochelle Owens (with small drawing), David Ignatow, and Marge Piercy by their contributions. This instalment of the Unmuzzled Ox quarterly... Learn More
    £475

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  27. 112579
    First edition, first impression. Publisher's promotional slip laid-in. Learn More
    £275

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  28. 117266
    First edition with the Pogány illustrations of this German poem. Written by the politically radical poet Heine in 1841 Atta Troll appeared incomplete, and never to be completed, in The Newspaper for the Elegant World, a German literary journal, in 1843. It was first published in book form in 1847, and first published in... Learn More
    £250

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  29. Specimens of Scottish Literature 1325-1835.
    First edition, first impression. A very attractive copy. This volume compiles a wide selection of Scottish writing from the Early, Middle, and Modern Scots periods between 1325 and 1835, along with substantial critical apparatus. Learn More
    £100

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  30. 120863
    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
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  31. 117738
    First edition, with the rare glassine jacket, one of 750 copies only, of which the bibliography states 50 were given away prior to publication (it took until 1928 to sell them all). Trade copies were issued in a plain paper jacket priced at 12s. 6d., but this original unpriced glassine may well designate one of the 50 copies... Learn More
    £7,500

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  32. 8729_2_
    First appearance of a rare lifetime publication of a poem by John Donne, in the third edition of these funerary verses for Prince Henry, bound together with the second edition. The sombre theme is echoed in the mise-en-page, the text predominately set in deep black woodcut borders with funerary ornaments either side. The... Learn More
    £9,500

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  33. 107876
    First issue, prepublication proof for the first issue of this important, liberal minded, apartheid era literary periodical. This trial state represents the earliest manifestation of one of the more successful literary journals dedicated as it was to printing writing "by and for South Africans of all races and classes". Coetzee... Learn More
    £850

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  34. 120539comp
    Presentation copy from Victoria's favourite daughter, Princess Beatrice, to the queen's favourite servant, John Brown, inscribed by the princess on the front blank, "To John Brown, with best wishes for the season, from Beatrice, Xmas. 1874". An intriguing association: Brown (1826-1883) had been a significant feature in the... Learn More
    £1,750

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  35. 120509
    A rare complete set of Smart's Seatonian Prize-winning poems on the Supreme Being, all first editions except for Omniscience which is a second (1756). This set is attractively presented together in a contemporary binding with the library label to the front board of Montacute House, Somerset, the home of the Phelips family,... Learn More
    £2,500

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  36. The Works. In Prose and Verse with Preface and Notes.
    The Anniversary edition. Limited to 1250 sets of which this is number 146. This edition was issued as a celebration of Hardy's 80th year. Unusual in a contemporary binding. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 17846

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  37. 120227
    First Doves edition, one of 200 copies printed on paper, from an edition of 212. The book was printed just two years before Cobden-Sanderson threw the Doves typeface into the Thames, thus concluding the bitter dispute between him and his partner Emery Walker, and bringing the era of the Doves Press to a close. Learn More
    £2,000

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  38. 119894
    First trade edition, first impression, beautifully illustrated in art nouveau style by Harrison. Learn More
    £1,500

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  39. 119798detail
    An exceptional collection of autograph letters signed from poet and classicist A. E. Housman (1859-1936) to Donald Struan Robertson (1885-1961 - a stellar Greek scholar attached to Trinity College, Cambridge, from his undergraduate days until his death) and his wife. He was particularly respected for his work on Apuleius,... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 119798

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  40. 116995comp
    First UK edition, with the contemporary ownership inscription of Aida Borchgrevinck in red ink to the half-title. Aida Borchgrevink (née Ada Starr) was a Bloomsbury figure, a friend of E. M. Forster and R. C. Trevelyan, described by John Furness as "an ebullient, romantic woman" who "sang Wagner at the top of her voice... Learn More
    £750

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  41. 116992
    First edition, one of around 500 copies under the original separate issue, this in Gallup's earlier binding with spine titles measuring 20 mm, as opposed to the later with 15 mm titles. Personae is Pound's first regular book (the two preceding works, A Lume Spento and A Quinzaine for this Yule, having being printed at Pound's... Learn More
    £650

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  42. Omar Repentant.
    First edition, signed limited issue. Number 89 of 100 copies on Japanese vellum signed by the author, with an additional quatrain not appearing in the trade edition. Le Gallienne had published a translation of Omar Khayyam's Rubaiyat in 1897, but Omar Repentant is his own creation, a poetic satire on Khayyam's own adulation... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 114553

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  43. Goliath and David.
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by Graves's father on behalf of the author to Henry Newbolt (1862-1938), the English poet and writer, on the title page: "Sir Henry Newbolt, from his admirer the author, via his father Alfred Perceval Graves. March 9th, 1917. Captain, 3rd Batt., Royal Welch Fusiliers".... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 109934

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  44. Treasure Box.
    First and only edition, one of 200 copies printed. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to "Ivor Gurney, from Robert Graves" on the front wrapper verso. A superb association copy, linking two poets profoundly influenced by their experiences in the Great War. Until Gurney's collected letters were published in 1991,... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 107538

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  45. 98556
    Marcella Spann Booth (b. 1932) was..."> First edition, limited issue, inscribed by the author and signed with his initials on the front free endpaper to "Marcella, EZ". Number 138 of 200 copies on japon (Canson-Mongolfier Soleil velin MRV paper), from an edition of 212 (for details of the whole edition, see previous item).
    Marcella Spann Booth (b. 1932) was... Learn More
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  46. 119069comp
    First edition, first impression, rare presentation copy inscribed "Edith Sitwell from Robert Graves and good luck! 1923" on the front free endpaper. Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) and her brothers Osbert and Sacheverell were at the time the darlings of the London literary scene. She was a friend of Graves in the 1920s and visited... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 119069

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  47. 118037
    First edition, first issue, with the Doge's speech on p. 151 starting "What crimes?" and lasting five-and-a-half lines, changed in the second issue to begin, "His crimes!" followed by seven additional lines. Marino Falerio is a verse tragedy written by Byron after visiting the Palazzo Ducale in Venice and discovering that... Learn More
    £750

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  48. 117876comp
    First US edition, first printing, fulsomely inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper with an eight-line poetic quotation from "The Full Heart" (printed p. 65). From the library of Lois Walcott Kellogg (1894-1944), wealthy heiress to the Charles P. Kellogg manufacturing fortune through her mother Emma Lois Kellogg,... Learn More
    £1,500

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  49. 117878
    First edition thus, presentation copy, inscribed by the author's wife (Blanche Mary Clough, née Shore-Smith), on the half-title, "With Mrs. Clough's kind regards". With an additional inscription by its recipient below noting the date of its receipt, "Rec. 6th August 1862, sent to me at Chew Magna, C. L. Rose". This posthumous... Learn More
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  50. Land of Unlikeness.
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 6 of 26 copies printed on Dacian paper and signed by the author, from a total edition of 250 copies. Land of Unlikeness is Lowell's first book of poetry. Learn More
    £5,750

    Stock Code: 100131

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  51. 96758
    First edition, with the rare dust jacket, and an autograph letter signed from Graves laid-in discussing the book; one of 1,000 copies printed. Graves writes, "This was the first book of mine published in the USA. I wrote it during the First World War as an infantry captain, between the ages of 19 and 22. My rank was not... Learn More
    £2,500

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  52. Poems.
    First collected edition, first impression, containing 12 poems and a one-act play previously unpublished in book form. Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 96819

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  53. Cromwell: A Prize Poem.
    First edition, first printing, of the author's second separate publication (following the rare Alaric at Rome, 1840), marking Arnold's receipt of the Newdigate Prize while at Balliol College. With the ownership signature of the philosopher Richard Congreve, then a student at Wadham College, Oxford, and a former pupil of... Learn More
    £575

    Stock Code: 94529

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  54. 91499comp
    First edition, signed limited issue, number 22 of 40 copies signed by the poet, of this collection of satirical poetry. The trade edition was published simultaneously. Learn More
    £1,750

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  55. 75440
    First edition, first impression, presentation copy to alexander trocchi, inscribed by the author on the front of the card folder, "For Alex from Christopher". The two writers met in Paris during the early 1950s, when Logue joined the staff of Trocchi's literary magazine Merlin. Logue later wrote: "Between 1952 and 1955 I... Learn More
    £375

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  56. 118733comp
    First edition, sole printing, presentation copy of Faulkner's first book. This copy has been inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To Dink Cearley from Bill Faulkner" and also signed and dated 31 December 1924 on the title page. C. L. ("Dink") Cearley was in 1924 the 19-year-old son of Abb W. Cearley (69 years old, married... Learn More
    £57,500

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  57. 118725
    First editions. The dedication to Reliques, though signed by Percy, was written by Samuel Johnson. Johnson had in fact offered to do much more, but the task of helping Percy select and annotate the material fell instead to Shenstone. "Most of Percy's contemporaries welcomed the Reliques as a powerful blast of fresh air.... Learn More
    £1,250

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  58. 118718
    First editions with these Bartolozzi engravings, the only two works illustrated by Lady Diana Beauclerc, here together in handsome contemporary full morocco. Dryden's adaptations of Chaucer and Boccaccio were among the chief reasons for his perhaps surprisingly high place in the esteem of the Romantic poets, especially Coleridge,... Learn More
    £2,000

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  59. 118717
    First complete edition, limited issue, including the first printing of any of the final volume; one of 150 numbered sets, the vast majority of which were either issued bound as one or suffered the same fate after purchase. Sets in their original state are rare, only one such example appearing at auction in 30 years. With... Learn More
    £850

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  60. 118716
    First edition, large paper issue, one of 25 copies only on handmade paper and bound in four parts. With a pencilled note on the front free endpaper dated March 1887 stating this to have been the first set delivered to the publishers and given by one of them - Albert Ellis - to the writer of the note. It was published simultaneously... Learn More
    £1,750

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