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HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems.
Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire : 1929First Alcuin Press edition, one of 325 sets, this copy is out-of-series, inscribed "specially for Graham and Vivienne Greene, from the printer of the book" on the limitation page, and with author Graham Greene's wife library label to the front pastedown.
This was the first edition comprising what were then Housman's complete published works (More... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 149373
MORRIS, William. The Defence of Guenevere and other poems.
London : 1858First edition of William Morris's first major published work, containing 30 poems, published when the author was 24 years old and dedicated to Rossetti.
Buxton Forman notes that Morris "had what I cannot doubt to have been a genuine misprision of this delightful little book" since he "refused to revise it." Apparently it was "with difficulty... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 149610
NONESUCH PRESS: MILTON, John. Poems in English: Miscellaneous Poems, Paradise Regain'd & Samson Agonistes. [Together with:] Paradise Lost.
London : 1926First Nonesuch Press edition, number 7 of 90 deluxe issue copies on Oxford India Paper bound in one volume in full vellum.
This attractively printed edition is illustrated with black and white reproductions of William Blake's remarkable visual interpretations of Milton's poetical works, accompanied by notes on the illustrations. Though individual... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 149224
YEATS, W. B. Words for Music Perhaps and Other Poems.
Dublin : 1932First edition, first impression, one of 450 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in November 1932. This collection includes Yeats's Byzantium and the Crazy Jane poems. The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving the craft of book printing... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 131775
VALE PRESS: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poems.
London : 1901-02First Vale Press edition of Shelley's complete poems, following only a single-volume edition of Lyrical Poetry (1898, limited to 210 copies). The book was decorated and supervised by Charles Ricketts of the Vale Press.
Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144840
HERRICK, Robert. Poems Selected from the Hesperides.
New York : 1903First edition thus, one of 260 copies only, printed on Mayday 1903. This finely produced edition of Herrick's poems features striking woodcuts designed by the co-runner of the Elston Press Helen Marguerite O'Kane. Her designs "complement Hesperides beautifully and reflect the qualities of equanimity, sweetness, delicacy, and youthful idyllic enjoyment... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 144713
TENNYSON, Alfred Lord. Seven Poems & Two Translations.
Hammersmith : 1902First Doves Press edition, one of 325 unnumbered copies printed on paper (a further 25 were issued on vellum), with the original Macmillan-headed dispatch envelope used by Doves Press, and rare thus.
The seven poems including "Ulysses" and "The Lotos Eaters" are on classical subjects, and the two translations are from the Iliad. The fourth book... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 146268
FLINT, William Russell (illus.); HERRICK, Robert. One Hundred and Eleven Poems.
London : 1955First edition, number 529 of 445 copies bound thus; a further 105 signed copies with eight extra plates were also issued, all printed at the artist's expense. Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was described by Charles Wheeler, president of the Royal Academy, as an artist of "a steady hand, keen eye and gay spirit in a shaky world" (ODNB). His illustrations... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 140576
KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William. The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems.
Hammersmith : 1892Limited edition, one of 300 copies on paper from a total edition of 312. The title on the spine was hand-lettered by F. S. Ellis's son Herbert. This is the only Kelmscott Press book to have a hand-lettered title, and the first to be bound in limp vellum. It is rarely seen in such fine condition.
The title was first published in 1858 and Morris... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 149621
VALE PRESS: WORDSWORTH, William. Poems.
London : First Vale Press edition, first impression.
Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), was an art nouveau designer who founded the Vale Press in 1894. Influenced by both the aesthetic movement and William Morris's designs, his Vale press books are more classical than medieval in style and "the distinct personal element in those books derives from the woodcut... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 144843
YEATS, W. B. The Cat and the Moon and certain Poems.
Dublin : 1924First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in May 1924. This is the first appearance of "The Cat and the Moon", "Leda and the Swan" and "The Lover Speaks". The Cuala Press was one half of the Cuala Industries, a co-operative business run by Lily and Elizabeth Yeats. Cuala Industries was founded with the aim of reviving... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 131789
BLAKE, William. Milton: A Poem.
Clairvaux : 1967First edition thus, copy S of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, containing an original guide-sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages in the stencil work, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 115042
FLINT, William Russell (illus.); ARNOLD, Matthew. The Scholar Gypsy and Thyrsis.
London : 1910First Flint edition, signed issue, number 34 of 100 copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the artist. This is a beautifully illustrated and printed edition of Arnold's two poems of Oxford, which he memorably describes as "that sweet City with her dreaming Spires" in "Thyrsis", one of the poems printed here.
"The Scholar Gypsy", the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 146059
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
STEADMAN, Ralph (illus.); DURRELL, Lawrence; Sylvia Plath; & others. Steam Press Portfolio 2.
London : 1974First edition, number 48 of only 50 numbered copies, with each broadside numbered and signed by Steadman. All the poems are further signed by their respective authors, including Lyman Andrews, Asa Benveniste, Ruth Fainlight, and Alan Sillitoe, excepting Plath's for obvious reasons.
Stock Code: 100028
NICHOLS, Robert. A Spanish Triptych.
Cambridge : 1936First edition, number 82 of 116 copies only printed on handmade paper. The three poems, composed at Tenerife the previous year, comprise: Virgin of Sorrows, Prison Calvary, and Virgin of Joy. Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 142295
SASSOON, Siegfried. Something About Myself.
Worcester : 1966First edition, first impression, printed on the occasion of the author's 80th birthday from the manuscript of More Poems which Sassoon wrote in 1897, when he was 11 years old, about his cat. Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 140753
JAMES, Edward. Twenty Sonnets to Mary.
[London] : First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the first blank, "To Silvia, with love and affection, from Edward - May 1931". Edward James (1907-1984) was an aristocratic arts patron and amateur poet. He was a passionate supporter of surrealism and sponsored Salvador Dalí for the whole of 1938. The James Press was primarily... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 130533
ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel. The Blessèd Damozel.
Aiken : 1900First edition thus, number 25 of 500 copies printed on Whatman paper, one of 100 only illuminated in water-colours. This copy has a lithographic illustration, after the author and printed on Japanese vellum, loosely inserted. A very attractive printing of Rossetti's Blessed Damozel, the most famous of his poems, first published in 1850. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 148030
DOWDEN, Edward. A Woman's Reliquary.
Churchtown, Dundrum : 1913First edition, first impression. Edward Dowden (1843-1913) was an Irish literary critic, Shakespeare scholar, and poet, and this collection of his poems was published pseudonymously. The editor, Elizabeth Yeats, has inscribed this copy "To Philip & Sophia Miller friends of - Edward & Elizabeth Dowden - this little book is given with many memories, April... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 63336
TOULET, P.-J. Les Contrerimes.
Brussels : 1927First Belgian edition, first printing, (third overall), number 49 of 25 copies on vergé de Hollande Van Gelder antique, with the additional suite of proofs of the engravings on auvergne paper, from a total edition of 492. Charles Émile Egli, known as Carlègle (1877-1937) was a Swiss-born illustrator and painter who spent most of his life in Paris.... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 132141
POUND, Ezra, & W. B. Yeats (eds.); FENOLLOSA, Ernest. Certain Noble Plays of Japan: From the Manuscripts of Ernest Fenollosa.
Churchtown, Dundrum : 1916First edition, first impression, number 277 of 350 copies printed by Elizabeth Yeats in September 1916. Fenollosa (1853-1908) was an American academic who became Curator of the Imperial Museum of Japan in 1888 and Curator of Oriental Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1890. He was instrumental in promoting the study of Asian art in the west, and... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 131792
YEATS, W. B. A complete set of the Dun Emer Press books.
Dundrum, Dublin : 1903-07An attractive complete set of the books issued by the Dun Emer Press, the private press established by Yeats's sisters that played a central part in the Celtic Revival. The poet acted as literary editor and subsidised its productions; a number of the publications are Yeats first editions. "In 1902, when Lily Yeats and her sister, Elizabeth, were invited... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 102604
McALMON, Robert. Corrected proof sheets for The Portrait of a Generation.
[Paris] : [5 January 1926]Corrected proof sheets, with manuscript and typewritten annotations on 23 pages, the majority in McAlmon's hand. McAlmon makes changes to both the formatting and language of the poems, proving an insight into his writing method. The Portrait of a Generation was published in 1926 by his own Contact Publishing Company in an issue of 200 copies. McAlmon,... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 123869
POWER, Anastasia (illus.); KEATS, John. Calligraphic manuscript of Ode on a Grecian Urn.
Campden : 1903A remarkable manuscript of Keats's Ode on a Grecian Urn produced by renowned Arts and Crafts binder and calligrapher Anastasia Power. A student of Douglas Cockerell, Power ran the Essex House bindery from the summer of 1902 until her marriage to one of the art workers, Gerald Loosley, in 1905. This manuscript, which is rendered entirely on vellum, appears... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 138536
NEUBURG, Victor Benjamin. Swift Wings. Songs in Sussex.
Steyning : 1921First edition, number 197 of 550 copies on antique laid paper, a notably fresh example of Neuburg's second book of pagan poetry published at his Vine Press. This copy was presented as a gift with a charmingly poetic inscription on the front free endpaper by his son, Victor Edward Neuburg (1924-1996).
This selection of Neuburg's poetry follows... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139457
RICCARDI PRESS: TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. In Memoriam.
London : 1914First Riccardi Press edition, number 11 of 12 copies printed on vellum from a total edition of 1,012 copies. This copy retains the publisher's advertisement slip loosely laid in.
First issued publicly in 1850, this famous elegiac poem is a tribute to Tennyson's college friend, Arthur Henry Hallam (1811-33), son of the historian Henry Hallam.... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 148535
SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS: SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Epipsychidion.
London : 1921First Shakespeare Head Press edition, one of 500 copies only, scarce deluxe issue bound in vellum, of Shelley's love poem to the "poor captive bird" Teresa "Emilia" Viviani, a beautiful Italian countess "imprisoned" in St Anna convent while her father sought a suitable husband for her. Epipsychidion was first published a century earlier in 1821. Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 146016
RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
London : First edition in English, first impression, number 537 of 600 copies only. First published in 1873, this surreal opium-influenced prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him with a revolver in the summer of that year. The dust jacket is very scarce. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148025
MILTON, John. Samson Agonistes.
New York : 1904First edition thus, one of 120 copies only, this being the copy of the illustrator and co-runner of the press Helen Marguerite O'Kane with her self-designed bookplate on the front pastedown.
This finely produced edition features striking designs by O'Kane that demonstrate the Elston Press's "unique style of its own, with O'Kane's illustrations... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 144952
WHITMAN, Walt. Ode a la France.
Paris : 1917First separate edition, first printing, one of 556 copies only, of this translation of Whitman's poem "O Star of France" dated 1870-71, which was first published in Leaves of Grass. Combet-Descombes's illustrations evoke the landscapes of the war-torn country after the Franco-Prussian War of July 1870 - May 1871, which marked the end of French hegemony... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 140650
RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
London : [c.1940]An early edition of the Fortune Press translation, first printed in 1932 as the first English language edition of Rimbaud's Saison en Enfer. This is one of 600 copies printed, with a nice example of the dust jacket. First published in 1873, this prose poem was finished in a frenzy after the break-up of Rimbaud's relationship with Verlaine who shot him... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 149403
MORRIS, William. The Story of Sigurd the Volsung.
London : 1877First edition of Morris's Icelandic epic, his longest and most ambitious poem. Although dated 1877 this work was issued in November 1876. He had published a prose translation, in collaboration with Eirikr Magnusson, in 1870, though this edition presents the first appearance of his solo poetic treatment of the epic. "This four-book narrative in resounding... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129025
KELMSCOTT PRESS: 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
MESENS, Édouard Léon Théodore. Troisième Front.
London : 1944First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed on the half-title "A mon vieil ami Jacques Bernard Brunius, 'Nous avons mis vingt ans trente ans, A vivre avec ingénuité, Force et ingéniosité...' En toute affection, E. L. T. Mesens. 9 Avril 1944". This bilingual publication, with French and English facing texts, is number 8 of 500... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 140447
STEADMAN, Ralph, & others. Steam Press Portfolio No. 3.
London : 1976First and signed limited edition, number 21 of 50 copies. This portfolio comprises of seven broadsides, each individually numbered and signed by Steadman and the relevant poet: Fleur Adcock, Bill Butler, Jane Deverson, David Harsent, Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, and Douglas Mellor. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 122069