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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
HEANEY, Seamus. Poems on the Underground.
London : 2011First edition, first printing, signed by Seamus Heaney on the front cover. Poems on the Underground is a scheme launched in 1986, showcasing a range of poetry on London Underground carriages, from classics to contemporary works. This leaflet was produced and distributed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the scheme; Heaney's poem "Colmcille the Scribe"... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 142600
STUART-WORTLEY, Emmeline, Lady. Poems.
London : 1833First edition of the author's first publication, fairly uncommon, around a dozen copies institutionally, but this a delightful presentation copy inscribed; "For the Marchioness of Londonderry with the Author's very Affectionate Love". Stuart-Wortley memorialised her friend, Frances Anne Vane-Stewart in verse in Fisher's Drawing Scrap-Book for 1838:... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 141664
MUNNINGS, Sir Alfred. An Artist's Life; The Second Burst; The Finish [together with] Ballads and Poems or, A Rhyming succession of Rhyming digression.
London : 1950-57First editions, first impressions. Volumes I and III of The Autobiography and Ballads and Poems signed by Alfred and Violet Munnings. With a manuscript letter by Violet Munnings, dated 30 January 1962, giving opening times for Beldon House and studio, alongside other ephemera related to the book and Alfred Munnings, constituting newspaper clippings,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 121829
WARREN, Robert Penn. Thirty-Six Poems.
New York : 1935First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author to fellow poet William S. Merwin (b. 1927), "To William Merwin, with warm regards, Robert Penn Warren" on the first blank. Merwin's poetic career began in 1952 with A Mask for Janus - he went on to win two Pulitzer Prizes for poetry and in 2010 was named 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 81229
BENSON, Arthur Christopher. Le Cahier Jaune. Poems.
Eton : 1892First edition of Benson's first collection of poems; number 198 of a numbered 200 copies, this one signed by the author on the title page. A. C. Benson (1862-1925) was the son of Edward White Benson, Archbishop of Canterbury, and the brother of talented intellectuals such as the writer E. F. Benson and Egyptologist Margaret Benson. After graduating... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 81813
THOMAS, Dylan. Poems.
New York : 1971First US edition, first printing, the editor Daniel Jones's own copy with the publisher's note to that effect, inscribed by him to his wife on the front free endpaper, "To Irene, with love from Dan. 23rd November 1971". Also included are a long autograph letter signed from poet Edith Sitwell to Daniel Jones, dated 22 March 1954 and concerning the music... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140659
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
OSHIMA, Shotaro. Poems.
Tokyo : 1939First edition, first printing, number 177 of 350 issued copies, presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper "Mr Laurence Binyon With all good wishes from the Author, October 25, 1939". Loosely inserted are two letters (and washi paper envelope) to Binyon: one an autograph letter from Oshima, dated October 27, 1939; the other a typed letter... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137118
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
LONGLEY, Michael. Poems.
Edinburgh : 1985First edition, first impression, case-bound issue. Inscribed by the author "For Phil Murray, warmest regard, Michael Longley, Sligo 85" on the title page. Poems was also issued in paper wrappers. Dr Philip Murray is an Irish bibliophile and author The Adventures of a Book Collector (2011). Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 113526
BERRYMAN, John. Poems.
Norfolk, CT : 1942First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to Allan Covici with the best regards of John Berryman Berkeley 1 June '60". The recipient was a California-based writer, librarian, and bookseller based at UC Berkeley.
Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 142347
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
GINSBERG, Allen. Howl and other poems.
San Francisco : 1993First published edition, later printing, signed by the author on the title page, "Allen Ginsberg 10/13/94, AH". First published in 1956, this landmark collection defined the discontented voice of its epoch for a generation. It was Ginsberg's first regularly published book, preceded only by the privately produced mimeographed printing of the title poem... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 129543
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
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
Cincinnati : 1964Limited edition, number 41 of 500 copies of this facsimile of the author's first published book (a great rarity in the original 1928 edition), familiarly inscribed by him using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray from Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through.
Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146820
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
STRICKLAND, Agnes. The Seven Ages of Woman, and Other Poems.
London : 1827First 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£550.00
Stock Code: 138335
BERRYMAN, John. Poems.
Norfolk, CT : 1942First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "to the Wymans w. every good wish this old nothing - John Berryman Ann Arbor March '65".
Poems was Berryman's first separately published book, preceded only by his inclusion in the collective publication Five Young American Poets in 1940; 2,000 copies were issued,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 142345
MEREDITH, George. Modern Love, and the Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads.
London : 1862First edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to D. G. Rossetti on the title page, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti, from his friend, George Meredith", with authorial manuscript corrections in the text. (The Hayward exhibition copy, also inscribed and corrected, had a note in Meredith's hand apologizing for "Errata ennumerable".) Meredith's novel... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 111629
SMITH, Clark Ashton. Nero and Other Poems.
Lakeport, CA : 1937First 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 Warren Ryder's "The Price... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 122426
HUGHES, Ted. Moon-Bells and Other Poems.
London : 1978First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Olwyn, lots of love from Ted Feb. 1978". 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 the Rainbow Press with Ted in 1971 to... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 125892
VIERECK, Peter. Terror and Decorum. Poems 1940-1948.
New York : 1949First edition, first printing of the author's first book, which won the Pulitzer Prize. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "To Emma ?, Peter Viereck". Learn More£100.00
Stock Code: 59509
WILBUR, Richard. The Beautiful Changes and other poems.
New York : 1947First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "Merry Christmas to RAB. Hope you like them. Dick Wilbur, 1947." This is the author's first book of poetry. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 109772
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
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
GOGARTY, Oliver St John. An Offering of Swans and Other Poems.
London : First UK edition, first impression, originally published in Dublin in 1923. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Edgar Scott, the only man who made a rhyme with the name of his friend this rhymer - a book of verse from Olivier St. J. Gogarty, Kylemore House, Co. Galway, Ireland. August 17th 1935". Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 69417
BARING, Maurice. Collected Poems.
London : 1925First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Jeffrey indecipherable, from Maurice Baring, April 27, 1924." From the library of Anthony Hobson, with his bookplate to the front pastedown; Hobson (1921-2014) was the director of Sotheby's and noted bibliophile. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 103489
SPENDER, Stephen. Twenty Poems.
Oxford : 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£600.00
Stock Code: 140052
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
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... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 131353
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
NOTT, Kathleen. Poems from the North.
Aldington, Kent : 1956First edition, first impression, of the author's second poetry collection, following Landscapes and Departures (1947). Presentation copy from the author to the biologist and historian of science Jacob Bronowski, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To J. Bronowski from Kathleen Nott". Nott herself was a committed humanist and rationalist. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 105748
HATCH, James V., & Ibrahim Ibn Ismail. Poems for niggers and crackers.
[Cairo : 1965First edition. Inscribed by Hatch on the front free endpaper, "To Jackie, would you believe two volumes of verse? Love you for supporting the unpopular arts, Jim." Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 76251
SCHUYLER, James. The Morning of the Poem.
New York : 1980First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, " For Virgil, "...My long life..." Jimmy 3/14/80." Recipient was Virgil Thomson, the American composer, whom besides Schulyer forged friendships with James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Piccaso and other prominent cultural figures of the day. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 101437
DERLETH, August. Here on a Darkling Plain.
Philadelphia : 1940First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed with an original poem to the publisher's wife, with the inscription on the front free endpaper reading "To Laura McElwee, Cordially, August Derleth, May 1940" and the poem "The lost child, / less than the dry leaf blown / along the walls". The recipient was the wife of Ritten House publisher... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 114742
TODD, Ruthven. The Acreage of the Heart.
Glasgow : 1944First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed in Todd's neat hand in brown ink on the front free endpaper: "for Dunstan with love from Ruthven. 21: i (?): 1945"; and below this a holograph poem in two 6-line stanzas, beginning: "A moth caught in the electric flash/ of Europe's dynamos run out of hand". The recipient is... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 109637
COCKERILL, Sir George. Love's Universe and the Calendar. Sonnet-Sequences.
1931First edition. This copy inscribed on the front pastedown: "To Elton Cockerill with every good wish from his uncle George, October 1934." Unusual, and seemingly self-published, sequence of highly-polished poems by a long-time intelligence officer, one of the most innovative thinkers in British intelligence in World War I, head of M. O. 5, inventor... Learn More£145.00
Stock Code: 59749
DIEGO, José de. Pomarrosas.
Barcelona : 1904First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the photographic portrait plate, "Al Sr. Paul Osgood Hardy, en homenaje da simpatia, José de Diego, San Juan - P.R. Enero 2 de 1914" (2 January 1914). The recipient, Osgood Paul Hardy (1889-1955), was a Californian explorer and author of several studies of the Incas and Peru; he served as interpreter... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118072
MEYER, Tom. Poikilos.
Urbana, IL : 1971First 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 publishing who won the Stonewall... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 122967
HUGHES, Ted. Remains of Elmet.
London : 1979First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Janos with lots of love from Ted June 16th 1979" on the half-title. The recipient was Janos Csokits (19282011), a Hungarian poet and close friend of Hughes, who worked with him on the translation of fellow Hungarian poet, János Pilinszky. Csokits was introduced to Hughes... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 135038
[DE LA MARE, Walter.] RAMAL, Walter Songs of Childhood.
New York & Bombay : 1902First edition, first impression, of de la Mare's first book, presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the front free endpaper, "Walter de la Mare for Elbridge Adams with his best wishes" accompanied by the final stanza of his poem "The Buckle", "I had a secret laughter, I laughed it near the wall:, Only the ivy & the wind, May tell of it at... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 126987
CARMAN, Bliss; & Richard Hovey. More Songs From Vagabondia.
Boston : 1896First 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). Carman has also signed the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 122231
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
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated May 1913. The copy is accompanied... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 122696
MAGRITTE, René (illus.); MESENS, E. L. T. Poèmes 1923-1958.
Paris : 1959Limited 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 from Complete Woman,... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 123629
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition, first impression, of Frost's first published book, an exceptional presentation copy, inscribed by him to fellow Dymock poet Wilfrid W. Gibson on the front free endpaper, "W.W.G. from R.F. Sept. 1913", perhaps on the occasion they first met, when Frost gave a poetry reading at Harold Monro's newly-opened Poetry Bookshop.
When A... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 146535
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
RAFFALOVICH, Marc-André. Tuberose and Meadowsweet.
London : 1885First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "A M. J.J. Weiss hommage affectueux de l'auteur". The recipient was likely Jean-Jacques Weiss (1827-1891), French man of letters, professor, and literary critic. This is the author's second book of Uranian poetry, very scarce inscribed, and especially desirable in such nice... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 135467
STALLINGS, A. E. Archaic Smile.
Evansville : 1999First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed on the title "To Ginger, with gratitude for all your good work! Alicia. 24.i.01, Atlanta". This collection of poems, by the recipient of the 1999 Richard Wilbur Award, is uncommon in such fine condition and especially so inscribed. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148105
HEANEY, Seamus. North.
London : 1975First edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper. North is widely considered to be Heaney's key collection of poems in which he deals directly with the political conflicts in Northern Ireland. The work is uncommon in the present hardback issue. Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 131763
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); STOPES, Marie, as Erica Fay. A Road to Fairyland.
London : 1926First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Dr Marie Stopes (1880-1958), though best known today for her contributions to palaeontology, her pioneering work on birth control, and her manual Married Love (1918), was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 108358
MacBETH, George. A Form of Words.
Swinford : 1954First edition, one of a limited edition of 150 numbered copies. This is the publisher's copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "Signed for Oscar, seventeen years later, & in another town, in appreciation & friendship, George". Also includes inserted publisher's ad for the author's poems and a copy of his Fantasy Press contract. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 59191
BOND, Michael (ed.) Book of Mice.
London : 1972First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper "To Barbara and Etele, with love and all good wishes, Michael". In this work Bond gathers together poems and stories about mice, such as Lewis Carroll's "A Mad Tea Party" and C. S. Lewis's "On Board The Dawn Treader".
Stock Code: 122581