Search results for: 'poems'
OWEN, Wilfred. Poems.
London : 1920First edition, first impression, with the rare dust jacket, of perhaps the greatest collection of First World War poetry. This slim volume, promoted and published by Sassoon after Owen's death and backed by Edith Sitwell, contains all Owen's best known poems, including "Dulce et decorum est", "Insensibility", "Anthem for Doomed Youth", "Futility" and... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 136149
FIELD, Alice Withrow. Poems.
London : 1932First edition, number 35 of 250 copies only, of this attractively produced and illustrated collection of poems. Alice Withrow Field (1909-1960) was a sex researcher, criminologist, and social scientist, whose seminal work Protection of Women and Children in Soviet Russia was also published in 1932. This edition is now uncommon and has been traced at... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 139595
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
YEATS, W. B. The Poems.
New York : 1949First and signed limited variorum edition, number 337 of 375 copies signed by the author. It was published by Macmillan as a Definitive Edition of his work, as stated in the prospectus, which is loosely inserted in this copy. The edition was personally overseen by Yeats's widow, George, the publisher Harold Macmillan, and the publisher's reader Thomas... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 136963
PLATH, Sylvia. The Colossus & Other Poems.
New York : 1962First US edition, first printing, in exceptionally nice condition, of Plath's first and only collection of poetry issued during her lifetime. It was first published in the UK in 1960. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 144897
ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
1897A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 138062
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Charge of the Light Brigade.
[London] : 1855First separate edition, extremely scarce in this format, one of 1,000 copies published for distribution to the troops in the Crimea, with a note in manuscript at the foot of the mount: "My father Col. Adolphus Burton C.B. was in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. G.D.B. his eldest daughter, Grace, whose married name was Grace Denys-Burton"... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 111544
VERLAINE, Paul. Œuvres Complètes.
Paris : 1919-20A handsomely bound set of Verlaine's poems which includes his collections Poèmes saturniens (1866), Fêtes galantes (1869), Romances sans paroles (1874), Sagesse (1880), and Les Poètes maudits (1884). Romances sans paroles was inspired by Verlaine's relationship with his wife, Mathilde Mauté, and his lover, the French poet Arthur Rimbaud. Verlaine... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138447
FROST, Robert. North of Boston.
London : 1914First edition, first impression, first issue, one of 200 copies, Crane's binding F. This copy has the bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr. to the front pastedown. Adams Jr. was an American bibliophile and the director of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York City from 1948 to 1969.
North of Boston is a collection of 17 of Frost's poems,... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 137200
JOYCE, James. Chamber Music.
London : 1907First edition, first issue, of Joyce's first book, a particularly nice copy unrestored in the original cloth.
The publishing history of Chamber Music is well documented but has some lacunae. The book was published on 10 May 1907 in an edition of 500 copies, but Mathews did not bind all copies at once. There have been various guesses as to how... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 143086
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories
London : 1902First edition, first impression, second state binding, of Kipling's famous collection of twelve stories and twelve poems, including "How the Camel Got His Hump" and "How the Leopard Got His Spots." The first impression exists in two issues of the binding. The first, on which the white blocking failed to adhere, was superseded by this more stably blocked... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130603
FAULKNER, William. Light in August.
New York : 1932First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his close childhood friend on the front free endpaper, "For Myrtle Ramey, Oxford Miss 30 May 1934, William Faulkner". Myrtle Ramey and Faulkner met in third grade of Oxford Graded Public School. Faulkner skipped second grade at the age of eight and joined Ramey's class in September... Learn More£50,000.00
Stock Code: 131629
BIDERMANAS, Izis (illus.); CHARLET, Gaston. G. Les Yeux de L'Ame.
Paris : 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 des rêves, which followed... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 123836
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
NESBIT, E. Christmas Dreams.
London & New York : [c.1890]First and only edition, very scarce: we are unable to trace other copies, either on Library Hub, WorldCat, or on the market. This lovely publication comprises four poems by Edith Nesbit, three by Nesbit's close friend and lover of her husband, Alice Hoatson, and four others, including one by Oscar Fredrik (1829-1907), King of Sweden and Norway.
Wolff... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 137929
CRANE, Walter (illus.); GRIMM, [Jacob & Wilhelm]. Household Stories,
London : 1882First Crane edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies only, which "sold out on publication. It is perhaps the best of Crane's more ambitious works. The book is a triumph in his characteristic mode of decoration, yet its designs, even the headpieces and initial letters, remain true illustrations" (Ray).
Provenance: engraved pictorial bookplate... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 137499
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
GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. Herland.
New York : January - December 1915First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in 12 issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.
Park (1861-1961)... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130959
JOYCE, James. Pomes Penyeach.
Paris : 1932First English edition (printed in France), number 13 of 25 copies signed by the author, which, together with 6 hors de commerce copies, not for sale and inscribed by Joyce with the name of the recipient, comprised the total edition; this is one of a handful of copies still in private hands. Joyce's daughter designed the illuminations as artistic therapy.
Pomes... Learn More£95,000.00
Stock Code: 139014
GRANT, Anne. Memoirs of an American Lady:
London : 1808First edition, an appealing copy in the original boards with an excellent association, of the author's best-known work, "a fascinating document in cultural history" (Orlando), comprising a childhood autobiography and a biography of the titular "American Lady", Catalina Schuyler, a Dutch-American woman who had a great influence on Grant's education and... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137443
LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Fables choisies, mises en vers.
Paris : 1755-9First edition, large-paper issue, and one of a small number printed on thick holland paper, of "one of the most ambitious and successful of all illustrated books" (Ray). Jean-Baptiste Oudry's sketches for La Fontaine's Fables were executed for his own enjoyment between 1729 and 1735. They were purchased by the publisher Montenault, who asked the finest... Learn More£37,500.00
Stock Code: 135957
CHAUCER, Geoffrey. [The workes, newlie printed,
London : 1532First complete collected edition of Chaucer and the first attempt to collect into a single volume the complete writings of an English author, this copy in contemporary blind-tooled calf being much the most complete to have appeared in commerce in the past 40 years.
The editor was William Thynne, clerk of the kitchen and of the green cloth to... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 108308
RACKHAM, Arthur. Complete deluxe limited editions set.
1905–51IRVING, Washington. Rip Van Winkle. London: William Heinemann, 1905
Quarto. Original vellum, titles to spine and front board gilt, pictorial image blocked in gilt to front cover, brown endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, cream ribbon ties. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase. Colour frontispiece and 49 colour plates mounted on brown... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 144251
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
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem, with Notes.
London : 1813First edition, an "unmutilated" copy, with title page and final leaf intact, and including the poetic dedication to Harriet.
Queen Mab was Shelley's most provocative poem and a key radical text in the early years of the 19th century. The entire edition was 250 copies, published by Thomas Hookman for private distribution by Shelley himself. Due... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143222
GRAY, Thomas. An Elegy.
Chicago & New York : [c.1900]An attractive gift edition of Gray's Elegy, with illustrations by Alfred Woodruff, in a charming unsigned contemporary binding.
Gray's Elegy was originally published privately by Horace Walpole in June 1750 and distributed amongst his connections in the fashionable classes. It was then published for the public in a quarto pamphlet on 15 February... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 139593
MILNE, A. A. Autograph letter signed discussing Christopher Robin's school.
London : 1930Milne writes to thank Mrs Taylor for the gift of some asparagus and the comic verse she had sent him: "... I had to eat it first to make sure that it was the genuine thing... I'm wondering now whether I oughtn't to have sent my boy to your school. Would he have had asparagus and a hot bath on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday? Well, it's too late now;... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 132105
SHELLEY, Mary. The Last Man.
London : 1826First edition, in a very handsome contemporary binding, of Mary Shelley's great apocalyptic novel, set at the end of the 21st century among the last survivors of a global pandemic.
Perhaps the first to explore the theme was Byron in his desolate poem "Darkness" (written at the Villa Diodati in 1816); and Thomas Campbell in 1823 published a poem... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 141979
CAMOENS, Luis de. The Lusiad,
London : 1655First edition in English of Os Lusíadas (1572), the epic poem describing Portugal's rise from obscurity to greatness. Camoens based his Virgilian epic around Vasco da Gama's discovery of the sea route from Europe to India via the Cape of Good Hope in 1497-98, coloured by his own experiences during the 14 years he spent in the East (1553-67), including... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 136059
YEATS, W. B. The Countess Kathleen
London : 1892First edition, number one of 30 printed on japon, specially bound in full vellum, and signed by the publisher T. Fisher Unwin, this being his own retained copy. Countess Kathleen was Yeats's second collection, and the first to include "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", perhaps his most famous poem. "His best writing of the 1890s would follow the form set... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 133548
SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queene.
London : 1751First complete and first illustrated edition, including Thomas Birch's Life; Spenser's letter to Walter Raleigh; commendatory verses; numerous dedicatory verses by Spenser; an exact collation of the two original editions of 1590 and 1596 which combine to give the first complete text in one edition including the fragment of Book VII; a glossary; and... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 132657
CUNARD, Nancy. Man-Ship-Tank-Gun-Plane.
London : 1944First edition, one of 400 copies, here out of series, as often for this title. Cunard left London during the second Blitz of 1944, staying with her fellow left-wing poets Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland in Dorset. While there she wrote the present poem, dedicated to Edward Thompson. In her modernist style, Cunard evokes the terror of experiencing... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 136389
MARSH, Edward. Edward Marsh's Little Book.
Eton : 1990First edition, limited issue, number 49 of 626 copies (26 were deluxe signed copies). This is the first printing, reproducing the original in facsimile, of the notebook presented in 1911 by Lady Diana Cooper to Sir Edward Marsh (1872-1953), who was Winston Churchill's secretary and a great literary impresario in his own right. Marsh determined "to ask... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 139254
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
MANDEVILLE, Bernard. The Fable of the Bees:
London : 1714Rare first edition, first issue, of this "celebrated work, which through Adam Smith, had an immense influence on political economy" (Foxwell). The work originated in 1705 as a poem titled The Grumbling Hive (essentially unobtainable in the market); this is the first edition to contain the 20 "Remarks" which annotate and explain various lines in the... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 138116
KIPLING, Rudyard. Just So Stories For Little Children.
London : 1902First edition, third printing (two months after the first), inscribed by the author, "Janet Aitken from her obliged and obedient servant the author Jul. 1911", on the title page; Kipling has struck through his printed name and signed it below. Then three years old, Janet Gladys Kidd, née Aitken, later Campbell, later Montagu (1908-1988), was the daughter... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 137861