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HUGHES, Ted. Animal Poems.
Crediton : First edition, one of 20 copies containing a manuscript poem, this copy with The Hawk in the Rain, additionally signed and numbered by the author, this being number 37, and bound in decorative wrappers. This edition was published with a total limitation of 100, of which six were bound in green morocco with each poem written by the author in manuscript... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 134125
YEATS, W. B. Poems.
London : 1904Presentation copy to Julia Anderson (née Quinn), inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To my friend John Quinn's sister, November twelfth, 1904. W. B. Yeats".
John Quinn conveyed the book to his sister with a lengthy inscription beneath Yeats's on the front free endpaper - "To Julia: Yeats wrote in this book and gave it to me for... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144445
PIPER, Myfanwy (ed.) Sea Poems.
London : 1944First edition, first impression, inscribed by Myfanwy Piper, "Villiers David from Myfanwy Piper Feb 1945", on the front free endpaper. An art critic and opera librettist, Myfanwy Piper had been married to the artist John Piper since 1939. Villiers David (1906-1985) was himself a writer, artist and art collector. Sea Poems, which is part of the New Excursions... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 143474
HUGHES, Ted. Rain-Charm for the Duchy and Other Laureate Poems.
London : 1992First edition, trade issue, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "For Dorothy and Ben, with much love, Ted, 28 August 1992," followed by a short poem, "The Royalist / Is afraid / The Queen's a pin / In a hand-grenade," and with a small correction in Hughes's hand to p. 7.
Stock Code: 146331
THWAITE, Anthony (ed.) Poems for Shakespeare 3.
London : 1974Signed 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 a card from Sam Wanamaker to... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 126572
HUGHES, Sean. My Struggle to Be Decent and Poems of Sadness and Light.
[London] : 2013First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the half-title, "To Tiff lots of love from S Hughes". Sean Hughes (1965-2017) was an Irish comedian, team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and author of five books, of which this was his last. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 145930
JOHNSON, B. S. Poems Two.
London : 1972First edition, first impression, signed limited issue, number R of 26 copies for the author's use only, inscribed on the limitation page "R is for Rayner Heppenstall. 35/3/72". The recipient was British experimentalist and BBC radio producer Rayner Heppenstall (1911-1981). A further 100 copies were thus specially bound, numbered, and signed. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144147
MERRILL, James. Hoi chilies kai e meutera nuchta (The Thousand and Second Night and Other Poems).
[Athens] : 1966First edition thus, first impression. Inscribed by the author and the translator on the front free endpaper "To Allen Ansen and from his friend, veiled in a foreign tongue, Jimmy." Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the... Learn More£160.00
Stock Code: 51354
KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William. Poems by the Way.
Hammersmith : 1891First edition, a superb presentation copy to Georgiana Burne-Jones, inscribed by the author on the initial blank "to Georgie from WM Oct: 22nd 1891".
Georgiana Burne-Jones met Morris through her friendship with, and eventual engagement to, Edward Burne Jones. The pair spent summer holidays with William and Jane Morris at Red House, and worked... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 145199
HEANEY, Seamus. Autograph letter signed.
Sandycove, Co. Dublin : 31 December 1989A lovely birthday letter with an acrostic poem "for a Lady, born 31 December 1899" and spelling "Muriel", starting "Midnight, and my Gay Nineties were over", and signed "with love and admiration, from Seamus and Marie".
Although we could not identify the recipient, the letter originates from the collection, though without ownership inscription,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145490
HUGHES, Ted (presents). The Apocrypha.
London, New York, Toronto : 1953A fascinating copy of the biblical Apocrypha, presented by Ted Hughes to one of two Hungarian poets, either Janos Pilinsky (1921-1981) or Janos Csokits (1928-2011), inscribed "To Janos 10th August 1960, from Ted" on the front free endpaper. Hughes has marked up sections of interest in "The Wisdom of Solomon" for the recipient's interest. Pilinszky,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131034
HEANEY, Seamus. Death of a Naturalist.
London : 1966First edition, first impression, of Heaney's first major collection (including the first appearance of his great "Digging"), a superbly inscribed review copy sent to Heaney's friend J. Kenneth Jamison (1931-2016), in the year he became Director of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, a position he held until 1991. The title page bears Heaney's inscription,... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 144943
BETJEMAN, John. Continual Dew.
London : 1937First 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 and ownership inscription,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 123743
PRÉVERT, Jacques. Paroles.
Paris : 1945 [i.e. 1946]First edition, first printing, one of 324 copies on rives paper, Jacques Brunius's copy of one of Prévert's best known collection of poems. They were first published separately in various magazines from around 1930, and were, partially and amateurishly, collected by students from Rheims at the end of the war. The poems were officially gathered in 1945... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 140435
BORGES, Jorge Luis (owner); MARECHAL, Leopoldo. La rosa en la balanza.
Buenos Aires, : 1944First collected edition of these poems, first printing, Jorge Luis Borges's copy with his signature on the title page. The copy was later passed to his brother-in-law, the Spanish poet and Ultraist Guillermo de Torre (1900-1971), with his illustrative ex-libris stamp to the first blank. This is one of several books with Borges's ownership signature... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 130490
PYM, Barbara. Excellent Women.
London : 1952First edition, first impression, of Pym's second book. Inscribed by the author "To Margaret and Roger Till, with all good wishes from Barbara Pym (A reward for perseverance 3. 7. 76)", and additionally signed by her on the title-page. Among Pym's literary papers, today held in the Bodleian, are some fifty leaves of correspondence from the two recipients... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 107190
FROST, Robert. New Hampshire.
New York : 1923First edition, first impression, signed on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, "Robert Frost, Amherst, December 1923". New Hampshire is one of Frost's most notable books, and won him his first Pulitzer Prize. It contains poems such as the famous "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and "Fire and Ice". There were 5,350 copies (of which... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 143675
LORCA, Federico Garcia. Canciones.
Madrid : 1929Second edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title to fellow "Generation of '27" group member "Para Guillermo de Torre lo salucha a la distancia, Federico Garcia Lorca", and with de Torre's purple ink ex libris stamp to verso of front free endpaper. A great association copy, connecting Spanish and South American literary circles.
Lorca... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 143185
BORGES, Jorge Luis. Inquisiciones.
Buenos Aires : 1925First edition, first impression, a superlative presentation copy of the author's first work of prose. One of 505 copies printed, this is a uniquely untrimmed, unnumbered, and specially bound presentation copy inscribed by Borges on the first blank to his fellow Argentine author, and muse, Norah Lange (1905-1972).
Borges's inscription, using the... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 145266
GOLL, Yvan; BRAUNER, Victor (illus.) Le Char triomphal de l'antimoine.
Paris : 1949First 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". The recipient was a French-born... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 122170
BERRY, Wendell. The Broken Ground.
New York : 1964First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "To David Ignatow with much respect. - Wendell". This is a great association copy of Berry's first full-length collection.
The recipient, David Ignatow (1914-1997), was a fellow American poet and editor, who taught at the University of Kentucky. Ignatow would... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 146280
YEATS, W. B. The Golden Helmet.
New York : [June] 1908First edition, number 1 of 50 copies privately printed by John Quinn, Yeats's American patron, this copy inscribed by Quinn to his sister on the half-title: "To Julia with love from John May 6, 1908".
The Golden Helmet is the rare first appearance, here in prose, of the Cuchullain play that would eventually be reworked into verse as "The Green... Learn More£4,750.00
Stock Code: 144435
RIMBAUD, Arthur; VIEILLARD, Roger (illus.) Hommage A Rimbaud.
Paris : 1945First edition, first printing, inscribed in pencil "à Ralph Kirkpatrick pour 'les possibilités harmoniques' Roger Vieillard amicalement" inside the first blank, including two musical drawings, further drawings on the title page with the caption "pour Ralph Kirkparick" signed with Vieillard's "RV" monogram and dated "1942-1971-1982". This copy number... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 135463
GONNE, Maud, (illus.); YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, signed by the illustrator on the title page, and with an original initialled drawing in black ink on the front free endpaper (and expanded version of the ornament printed on p. 20.) Edith Maud Gonne (1866-1953) was one of the boldest figures of the Irish Literary Revival; a suffragette and artist, she remains best known... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 137680
GONNE, Maud, (illus.); YOUNG, Ella. Celtic Wonder-Tales.
Dublin : 1910First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the original front free endpaper "To John Varian, With Greeting from Ella Young", and with over ten annotations in ink by Young.
The recipient, John Osborne Varian (1863-1931), was an Irish-American poet and a leader within the theosophist utopian community of Halcyon,... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 139842
TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. In Memoriam.
London : 1884Tennyson's key work, inscribed on the half-title "Cecil Ursula Palgrave from Tennyson, March 20th -85," and below by the recipient, at a later date, "Susan Lister, from Cecil U. Duncan (née Palgrave), July 1915. I known you will value this as it has Tennyson's autograph. My father - your great 'Uncle Frank' was a friend of the poet".
Cecil Ursula... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 146381
CROSBY, Harry. Sonnets For Caresse.
Paris : 7 October 1926The most complete edition of Crosby's first book, the third overall, number 23 of 100 copies on Arches paper (there were also 7 issued on japon, and one on vellum). This copy, which is in beautiful condition with the original wrappers bound into the hand-painted vellum binding as issued, is a presentation copy, inscribed by Harry Crosby to Helenka Adamowski... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144892
GRAVES, Robert. Good-Bye To All That
London : 1929First edition, first impression, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Best wishes from Robert Graves, Capt. Pensioned List, R. W. Fus. (1970)", recalling his war service in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, alongside Siegfried Sassoon. Signed or inscribed copies of this classic memoir of the First World War are most uncommon.
This copy... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 140257
MERRILL, James. Mirabell: Books of Number.
New York : 1978First edition, first printing. With a two-page hand-corrected typescript poem that is inscribed by the author "For Alan Jimmy 1.iii.78". Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the inspiration for several of Kerouac's characters,... Learn More£240.00
Stock Code: 51358
TRANSTROMER, Tomas. Citoyens.
Knotting, Bedfordshire : 1974First English language edition, copy 100 of 150 copies, printed on Abbey Mills laid paper, this a presentation copy inscribed by Transtromer and additionally signed by the translator Robin Fulton on the colophon.
Copies numbered 1 to 50 were issued signed by Transtromer; this copy, though a later number, is presented by the poet with a lengthy... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 141215
HEANEY, Seamus. Field Work.
London : 1979First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper with a quote from the poem "The Guttural Muse" on p. 28, "Ian - with good wishes, Seamus in another pen who 'felt like some old pike all badges with sores / Wanting to swim in touch with soft-mouthed life' January 1983". Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 145386
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
FAULKNER, William. Sartoris.
New York : 1929First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his close childhood friend on the front free endpaper: "To my good friend, Edith, from Bill," and signed by Edith M. Brown beneath the inscription; additionally signed by Faulkner on the title, "William Faulkner 28 May 1929." Brown was one of three children of Calvin S. Brown,... Learn More£32,500.00
Stock Code: 124319
MORRIS, William, & Alfred John Wyatt (trans.) The Tale of Beowulf.
Hammersmith : 1895First Kelmscott edition, and the first edition of William Morris's translation, in gorgeous condition, and inscribed by Morris in the year of publication on the second blank, "to Robert W. Smith, from William Morris, Sept: 24th 1895". The Kelmscott Beowulf is already a scarce book (300 copies were printed on paper, as here, with a further eight on vellum),... Learn More£22,500.00
Stock Code: 141603
BELL, Clive. Ad Familiares.
London : 1917First edition, sole printing, one of about 50 copies printed for private distribution, presentation copy to Bloomsbury Group affiliate, Lady Ottoline Morrell, incorporating the first printed word at the start of the text "Dear Ottoline".
Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), an aristocrat and society hostess, who counted in her artistic and intellectual... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 145465
BLUNT, Wilfrid Scawen. The Love-Lyrics and Songs of Proteus.
Hammersmith : 1892First Kelmscott edition, one of only 300 copies, presentation copy, pseudonymously inscribed by Blunt to his sometime lover Mary Singleton on the front free endpaper, "Violet Fane from Proteus April 29 1892". Singleton was notably the subject of Sonnet LV "St. Valentine's Day" on page 162 of this work. A beautiful copy with a fittingly romantic association.
Mary... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 144728
ORWELL, George. Archive of retained correspondence from the files of his first publisher, Victor Gollancz, relating to the publication of Down and Out in Paris and London.
3 May 1932 - 25 Sep 1972Victor Gollancz's archived correspondence relating to their publication of George Orwell's first book, Down and Out in Paris and London, including the original contract for the book. Down and Out was Orwell's memoir of his life among the poor and destitute in and around the two cities, and remains among his best-known non-fiction works.
After... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 131747
MERRILL, James. The Fire Screen.
New York : 1969First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the half-title "With love to Alan from an old flame, Jimmy". Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the inspiration for several of Kerouac's characters, including "Rollo... Learn More£120.00
Stock Code: 51366