Search results for: 'poems of the past and present'
MCGONAGALL, Sir William Topaz, Poet, Knight of the White Elephant, Burmah. Beautiful Oban.
Edinburgh, No. 21 Lothian Street : [1894-1902]Very scarce broadside poem by the "World's Worst Poet", William McGonagall (1825-1902), signed at the head, "Sir. Wm. Topaz. McGonagall. Poet". Gord Bambrick in "The Real McGonagall" acknowledges that "William McGonagall is best known as the world's worst poet. His unique style of versification breaks the laws of rhythm, rhyme and common sense in a... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 117956
WRIGHT, Joseph, of Derby. A collection of ten quarto publications from the library of the painter,
Bath, Chichester, Derby, London : 1772-94Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) is widely acclaimed as the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution. His large candlelight painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, first exhibited in 1768, is today the best-known of all his works. Wright's commissions during the early 1760s were mostly for small portraits... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 128831
ZUKOFSKY, Louis. All the collected short poems 1923-1958.
New York : 1965First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Tom Maschler from Louis Zukofsky enjoying his company at home August 31, 1965", and with the copyright dates of previously published works ink-stamped by hand on the copyright page. With Tom Maschler's bookplate, designed by Quentin Blake, to the... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 131113
ZUKOFSKY, Louis. All the collected short poems 1923-1958.
London : 1966First UK edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his publisher "To Tom Maschler all happiness Louis Zukofsky April 15 1965" to the half-title. With Tom Maschler's bookplate, designed by Quentin Blake to the front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape as editorial director, aged 26, in 1960, and became managing director... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 131115
(OMAN, Sir Charles.) ARNOLD, Matthew. Poetical Works.
London : 1899Handsomely presented copy of Arnold's complete poems, first published in 1890, this being the ninth impression. Winchester College book-plate awarding a 1920 Vere Herbert Smith History prize to Charles Chichele Oman to the front pastedown, his daughter, Julia Trevelyan Oman's bookplate to the front free. The son of Sir Charles Oman, noted historian,... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 115789
PANVINIO, Onofrio. Veronensis, de ludis circensibus, libri ii. De triumphis, liber unus.
Padua : 1681Fifth edition of this well-illustrated study of Roman circuses, games, and triumphs, by the Italian antiquary and Vatican librarian Onofrio Panvinio (1530-1568). The work is "made up of material which was largely unpublished at the time of the author's death. The two books of De ludis circensibus were intended to form part of the larger study of Roman... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 139706
ZUKOFSKY, Louis. "A" - 14.
London : 1967First edition, signed limited issue, letter "T" of 25 lettered copies. Presentation copy, additionally inscribed by the author below the "T", "for Tom, as ever, L. Z.'s. August 26 1967". The recipient was Tom Maschler, Zukofsky's usual UK publisher, with his Quentin Blake designed bookplate on the front pastedown. Maschler joined Jonathan Cape, who... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 131303
RADCLYFFE-HALL, Marguerite. Poems of the Past & Present.
London : 1910First edition, first impression, in a variant purple cloth, of Radclyffe Hall's third published work, this copy with a pleasing association, bearing a Christmas gift inscription of Lady Maud "Emerald" Cunard (mother of Nancy) to Violet Manners, Duchess of Rutland, in pencil on the first blank, "Xmas 1910 Violet from Emerald C", and with the Rex Whistler... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131465
HARDY, Thomas. Poems of the Past and Present.
London & New York : 1902 [but 1901]First edition, one of 500 copies. A nice example of the presentation binding of Hardy's second volume of verse. The book was published in November 1901, and this was advertised as "a Special Edition, suitable for presentation, bound in white and gold." It is unknown how many are thus bound but it can not have been many, and examples are uncommon on... Learn More£1,900.00
Stock Code: 128085
(SCOTT, Sir Walter.) BOWER, John. Description of the Abbeys of Melrose, and Old Melrose, with their traditions.
Edinburgh : 1822Presentation copy from the dedicatee Sir Walter Scott to Thomas Moore, inscribed in Scott's hand on the front blank, "Thomas Moore from his affectionate friend Walter Scott, Melrose Abbey, 31 October 1825", with Moore's ownership inscription below and his bookplate to the front pastedown. The presentation was made on the occasion of Moore's "long meditated... Learn More£6,250.00
Stock Code: 125496
DUNCAN, Adam, Viscount. A Collection of contemporary materials commemorating Admiral Lord Duncan and the Battle of Camperdown.
1797-c.1800As the French Revolutionary War drew to a close, four naval heroes were commemorated for their great naval victories in what turned out to be merely the first half of a major world conflict - Howe for the Glorious 1st of June, 1794, Jervis for the Battle of St. Vincent, 1797, Duncan for the Battle of Camperdown, 1797, and Nelson for the Battle of... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 44566
FAIRFAX-ROSS, Thomas. Well-compiled, and handsomely presented personal photograph and ephemera album covering service in World War I, at the Supreme War Council, Versailles, and at Chanak, 1922.
1908-24Fine narrative album recording the career, from school days to marriage, of Thomas Fairfax-Ross (1896-1960), with particular attention paid to his military career which took him from the Western Front to Chanak, via Versailles. The album opens, perhaps rather portentously, with a card embossed with the Royal arms, mounted recto on the front free endpaper... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132252
TARLETON, Priscilla Susan Bertie. Manuscript volume of poetry with numerous pen, ink, and pencil vignettes.
London : 1796-1821A superbly presented and deeply personal manuscript volume of largely unpublished poetry and drawings by Priscilla Susan Bertie Tarleton (1778-1864), wife of the notorious army officer and rakehell Sir Banastre Tarleton. The manuscript was produced between the years 1796, when the author was only 18 years old, and 1821, when she was 43. It contains... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 94720
KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
[Safavid Iran : [c.1600]A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132183
(NAVAL.) The Cruise; a Poetical sketch, in Eight Cantos. By a Naval Officer.
1808First edition of this extremely uncommon poetical account of a two-month "shakedown" cruise with a new ship's company on a British man of war. The work was begun as a pastime during a "regimen on shore recruiting an extremely exhausted constitution". Finding his "Sketches of Scenes which had occurred on Naval Service increasing," the author decided... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 67173
TOLKIEN, J. R. R. Poems and Stories.
London : 1980First edition thus, collecting together Tolkien's earlier shorter writings; all of the copies were issued in this "de luxe edition" format, attractively printed and bound and presented in a collector's box. The collection of short stories comprises: "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil", "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son", "Leaf by Niggle",... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 140949
BARING, Maurice. Poems 1892-1929.
London : 1930Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Loelia Grosvenor, Duchess of Westminster, "Loelia from Maurice. With best wishes, 1930" (front flyleaf). This is copy 45 of 50 copies (finely printed on Abbey Mill paper) from the second impression - following 25 copies of the first in 1929 (though it is this impression of 50 copies that is mentioned by Reilly).... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 103373
(ESSEX HOUSE PRESS.) GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village.
Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904First Essex House Press edition, number 120 of 150 copies only, printed on vellum and hand illuminated. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great Poems Series. The Essex... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137543
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
London : 1933Second and enlarged edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the front free endpaper, "To Elinor Loring, with best wishes, Wystan Auden. Nov. 1933"; rarely encountered inscribed. First published in 1930, this revised edition contains seven new poems.
This copy also has nice provenance, with... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139518
BUKOWSKI, Charles. War All the Time.
Santa Barbara : 1984First 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£4,750.00
Stock Code: 120437
(HEANEY, Seamus, contrib.) Forward Into the Past.
Concord : 1992First edition, sole printing being one of 150 copies. Heaney contributes the poem, "A Wave From the Distance". This is a contributor's copy containing a presentation letter of thanks from the subject of this festschrift to Angelica Garnett. Very uncommon. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 87479
LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.
Cleveland : 1966First edition, one of 500 copies printed. Levy (1942-1968) was a leading figure in the countercultural movement known as the Cleveland Mimeograph Revolution. His productions, being hand-assembled with small print runs, now survive in relatively small numbers. His introduction declares "to my knowledge this poem is the first poem of any length to be... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 138639
LEVY, D. A. Cleveland undercovers.
Cleveland : 1966First edition, this one of 65 special copies "bound with freak covers by the author" (each being thus unique, this one incorporating old maps of Ohio, a striking photograph of two Native Americans, and newsprint collage), from a total edition of 500. This copy is inscribed on the title page, "many thanks, d. a. levy". Levy (1942-1968) was a leading... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 138636
THOMAS, Dylan. New Poems.
Norfolk, CN : 1943First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front pastedown, "To Lord Howard de Walden, from Dylan Thomas, November 1944". The recipient was influential Welsh arts patron Thomas Evelyn Scott-Ellis, the 8th Baron Howard de Walden, who lived nearby Thomas at Plas Llanina, whilst Thomas was living in a coastal bungalow,... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131353
MORRIS, William. The Earthly Paradise.
London : 1896An attractively bound set of Morris's epic poem The Earthly Paradise. "The poem that made Morris famous" was first published from 1868 to 1870 and tells the story of a band of 14th-century Norsemen who flee the Black Death in search of the reputed utopian "earthly paradise 'where none grow old'" (ODNB). The first Kelmscott Press edition was... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 139927
CARROLL, Lewis. Rhyme? And Reason?
London : 1883First edition. Presentation copy in the deluxe binding, inscribed by the author to Joanna de Morlot Pollock on the half-title, with a six line acrostic poem that spells "Joanna": "Joa Pollack from the Author: in memory of an Awful Afternoon.
Joy was what we hoped to meet,
On that dreary day;
And we sought her in the street -
Never resting... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 108891
CAHUN, Claude. Two autograph postcards signed to Surrealist poet Robert Desnos, the second also signed by Marcel Moore.
Paris & Jersey : 1932 & 1938Two exceptionally rare autograph postcards signed from the French photographer and mixed-media artist Claude Cahun to Surrealist poet Robert Desnos, one written from Paris, the other from Jersey in exile; in the first thanking him for a gift of flowers, and in the second reporting on her reclusive life in Jersey with her collaborator, lover, and step-sister... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 131539
BOTTOMLEY, Gordon. Deirdire [sic].
Inverness : 1944First edition, first impression. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on the half-title to the poet John Masefield: "To John Masefield; from Gordon Bottomley. Silverdale: 22nd July 1944", and with Masefield's book label to the front pastedown. In the late 1910s John Masefield invited Bottomley to read his poetry at his Oxford Recitations in his... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 94461
MILTON, John. Comus.
London : 1901First Essex House edition, number 82 of 150 copies printed on vellum and hand illuminated. In 1634 Milton was asked to compose the text of a masque "which was to be mounted in Ludlow in honour of the inauguration of John Egerton, earl of Bridgewater, as lord president of Wales. In 1637 or early in 1638 Lawes published Milton's text (without any indication... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137091
UNZER, Johanna Charlotte. Versuchin sittlichen und zärtlichen Gedichten.
[Leipzig : 1754First 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£575.00
Stock Code: 137490