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PATCHEN, Kenneth. The Love Poems.
San Francisco : 1960First edition thus, first printing, 1 of 300 "Gift Edition" copies bound in cloth, of the Beat poet Kenneth Patchen's small selection of love poems. The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen, number 13 in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Pocket Poets Series, is uncommon in the deluxe binding.
This collection includes poems selected from nine of Patchen's books... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 144589
ROSSETTI, Christina. Goblin Market and Other Poems.
London and Cambridge : 1862First edition. The Goblin Market, a fantastical narrative poem with illustrations by Christina's brother Dante Gabriel, has been interpreted variously as a feminist tract, a capitalist critique, an allegory for drug addiction, and a children's story. This copy with the second state of signature C, with "anguish" corrected to "aguish" on p. 26, of no... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 147554
HOUSMAN, A. E. More Poems.
London : 1936First edition, first impression, deluxe limited issue, number 138 of 379 copies, published simultaneously with the trade edition. The deluxe issue was printed on handmade paper and includes an extra illustration, facing p. 32, which shows the original manuscript for the poem "Tarry, delight".
This edition was printed six months after Housman's... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146925
FLINT, William Russell (illus.); HERRICK, Robert. One Hundred and Eleven Poems.
London : 1955First Flint edition, signed limited issue, number 82 of 105 copies signed by the artist and in the deluxe sheepskin binding, together with the additional suite of eight sepia plates, here retained in the original envelope. There were also 445 copies bound in parchment and cloth boards.
William Russell Flint not only illustrated the present edition,... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146421
GRAVES, Robert. Across the Gulf: Late Poems.
Deià, Majorca : 1992First and signed limited edition, number 102 of 175, signed by the members of the New Seizin Press: Beryl Graves, Lucia Graves, Dunstan Ward, Tomás Graves, and Carmen García Gutierrez. These previously unpublished poems were written by Graves in his seventies, and were posthumously selected by his wife Beryl Graves for the spiritual successor to Graves's... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 146160
OLIVER, Mary. No Voyage and Other Poems.
Boston : 1965First US edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page, the scarce first book of poems by Mary Oliver (1935-2019). The US edition is expanded from the UK edition, published in 1963. It contains some of her first nature poems (on snow, trees, hawks, lakes, and the sea), which became her primary theme in later collections.
Reviewing... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 146939
AUDEN, W. H. Poems.
London : 1930First edition, first impression, in unusually unrestored condition and rare thus. Poems was printed in a run of 1,000 copies. In addition to poetry, this work contains the play "Paid on Both Sides: A Charade", which is dedicated to Cecil Day-Lewis and was written during Auden's stay in Berlin from 1928 to 1929. Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147943
GRAY, Thomas. Poems.
London : 1768First collected edition, handsomely bound. It includes some of Gray's most popular works, such as "Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College", and collects poems from Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751), Designs by Mr. Bentley, for Six Poems by Mr. T. Gray (1753) and Odes, by Mr. Gray, Printed at Strawberry Hill (1757).
For the present... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 146901
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Poems of West & East.
London : 1917First edition, first impression, of the author's first regularly published book. Sackville-West's collection of twenty-two poems, thirteen of which appear here for the first time, was written while living in Istanbul with her newly married husband Harold Nicolson, who was working as a diplomat there. Their house at Cihangir offered Vita her first garden... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 145998
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
ROGERS, Samuel. Italy, a Poem; [together with:] Poems.
London : 1842The copies of renowned Victorian actress Ellen Terry, with her signature to each title page and her Winchelsea bookplate to each front pastedown; the Italy volume with her note to title page "From Henry - M of V." Henry is almost certainly Henry Irving, who played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice alongside Terry (as Portia) at the Lyceum Theatre. On... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148205
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
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£1,100.00
Stock Code: 145549
POUND, Ezra; ELIOT, T. S. (intro.) Selected Poems.
London : 1928First edition, signed limited issue, number 18 of 100 copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. This edition was published on 10 December 1928, following the trade issue of 1,000 copies, published on 23 November the same year.
In his introduction to this important edition of Pound's poetry, T. S. Eliot gives an extended commentary... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 147191
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
SHAKESPEARE, William. The Poems and Sonnets.
London : 1903An attractively bound copy of this limited edition printed on handmade paper, number 23 of 400 copies.
In his introduction to the present volume, scholar and poet Edward Dowden (1843-1913), writes that, when we read Shakespeare's poetry, we learn that he "was capable of measureless personal devotion; that he was tenderly sensitive, sensitive... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147775
HARDY, Thomas. Poems of the Past and the Present.
London & New York : 1902 [but 1901]First edition, first impression, one of 500 copies, this copy in the rare presentation binding. Hardy's second volume of verse was published in November 1901, when this binding was advertised as "a Special Edition, suitable for presentation, bound in white and gold."
It is unknown how many copies were specially bound but it is likely to be a... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 147566
JOYCE, James. Pomes Penyeach.
Paris : 1927First edition, first impression, of this collection of thirteen of Joyce's poems. Beneath each poem the place and year of composition are provided; they range from 1904 to 1924. The first poem, 'Tilly' is named after the Irish custom of providing customers a free extra serving; the book was sold at 12 shillings, so the thirteenth poem came "free".
This... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 148251
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
LARKIN, Philip, & others. Oxford Poetry 1942-43.
Oxford : 1943First edition, first impression, of this early appearance of Larkin in print, who graduated from Oxford the following summer with a first in English.
Larkin contributes three poems to the volume, "Stone Church Damaged by a Bomb" (p. 41), "Mythological Introduction" (p. 42), and "Poem" (p. 43). This copy has an appealing literary provenance, from... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 146803
OLIVER, Mary. House of Light.
Boston : 1990First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. This is an advance review copy, with a letter from the publisher loosely inserted.
House of Light is the ninth book of poems by Oliver. It includes her poem "The Ponds", in which Oliver memorably defends herself from the charge that her work is too idealistic about the world:... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146956
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works.
London : 1839First collected edition, an appealing copy in the deluxe red cloth. Mary Shelley's collected edition of her husband's poetical works established Shelley finally and irreversibly amongst the great poets of the English language.
Pirate editions of Shelley's works had persuaded his father, Sir Timothy, that all hope of obscurity had passed, and... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147575
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Poetical Works.
London : 1839First collected edition, handsomely bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Mary Shelley's collected edition of her husband's poetical works established Shelley finally and irreversibly amongst the great poets of the English language.
Pirate editions of Shelley's works had persuaded his father, Sir Timothy, that all hope of obscurity had passed, and... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146618
ARNOLD, Matthew. The Forsaken Merman.
London : 1900First Jean Archer edition, this copy beautifully hand coloured, a stunning piece of arts and crafts design. Archer's illustrated edition is uncommon, with 15 copies held institutionally worldwide. In 1901 Dent released a further 50 copies of this work printed on Japon and 10 on vellum for binding by the Guild of Women Bookbinders.
This melancholy... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147588
BEILES, Sinclair; William S. Burroughs; Gregory Corso; Brion Gysin. Minutes to Go.
Paris : 1960First edition, first impression, of the first book of cut-up poems, signed on the title page by Brion Gysin. Burroughs and Gysin had met at the Beat Hotel in Paris, in October 1959, where Burroughs was first introduced to Gysin's cut-up paintings, which influenced much of his later writing. The two became lifelong friends, and collaborated on many books... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146682
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
YEATS, W. B. The Wind Among the Reeds.
London : 1899First edition, first impression, of Yeats's third volume of poetry. "This remarkable book will be, in the judgement of posterity, the sole rival of A Shropshire Lad for the position of the most significant verse production in England in the 1890s" (Norman Colbeck). The striking cloth design by fellow poet and artist Althea Gyles is generally considered... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145132
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.) Some British Ballads.
London : First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 113 of 575 copies signed by the artist. Some British Ballads collects 44 songs and poems from across the country. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147697
AUDEN, W. H. Another Time.
London : 1940First UK edition, first impression, of Auden's poems containing among others "Musée des Beaux Arts" and "In Memory of W. B. Yeats". Another Time was published simultaneously in the US. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 147732
(POETRY.) BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord, et al. Manuscript anthology: "Specimens of Miscellaneous Poetry with several Original Pieces."
London : 1822A lovely manuscript anthology of Romantic poetry, executed in 1822 and giving a valuable record of contemporary taste, with numerous poems by Lord Byron ("To Thirza", "The Destruction of Sennacherib", "Fare thee Well!", and "She walks in beauty...", to name but few), as well as others by Walter Scott, Robert Southey, Erasmus Darwin, and Samuel Rogers.... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 146459
KIPLING, Rudyard. Puck of Pook's Hill.
London : 1906First edition, first impression. One of Kipling's major titles, and rare in dust jacket. Puck of Pook's Hill brings together ten stories and 16 poems by Kipling, which had previously appeared in journals. Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 147583
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
OLIVER, Mary. The Night Traveler.
Clevaland : 1978First edition, first printing, of the third book of poems by Oliver, in a scarce chapbook printed by Bits Press. Susan Salter Reynolds has described the "Blake-eyed revelatory quality" of Oliver's writing, and so the woodcut by William Blake reproduced on the front cover is a fitting compliment to her collection, which includes "Spring", one of her... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146945
BROWNING, Robert. Men and Women.
London : 1855First edition, an exceptional fine set in the original cloth, of Browning's most enduring collection. Men and Women was Robert's "Sonnets from the Portuguese", being the first published after his marriage to fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett. It features many love poems, including "Love Among the Ruins", "Any Wife to Any Husband", "Love in a Life", "Life... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 145103
ALMANACK. Almanach des Dames pour l'an 1819.
Tübingen & Paris : 1818First edition of this handsomely bound early 19th century French ladies' almanac. It includes explanations of the pictured artworks, biographies of Joan of Arc and Blanche de Castille, numerous poems, excerpts from academic discussions on religion and other topics, and fragments from classical literature. This is a superbly preserved copy. Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 146460
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
MILNE, A. A. Now We Are Six.
London : 1927First edition, first impression. Published on 13 October 1927, it took only two months for Now We Are Six to eclipse the sales records of the previous two books. Alongside Milne's charming verse, this collection is also notable for including many illustrations of Pooh, Piglet, and the other nursery toys, even when uncalled for by the poems. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 137821
RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. The Springtide of Life.
London : 1918First Rackham edition, signed limited issue, number 631 of 765 copies signed by the artist. A contemporary review described the edition as "one of his best... Rackham's delicate and romantic fancy is in sensitive harmony with Swinburne's poems and his pictures show that he understands no less than did the poet" (The Publisher's Weekly, vol. 94, 1918,... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147713
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. The Octopus Frontier.
San Francisco : 1960First edition, first printing, of Brautigan's second collection of poetry, comprising 22 poems and featuring his first photographic cover, the image taken by North Beach photographer Gui de Angulo - "it is striking and just misses being sinister" (McClure, p. 172).
Brautigan collector Craig V. Showalter notes that The Octopus Frontier, along... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 145608
PLATH, Sylvia. Ariel.
London : 1965First edition, first impression. Plath's most enduring poetry book, published two years after her suicide, edited by Ted Hughes and with an introduction by Robert Lowell. Plath believed her Ariel poems to be the best she had ever produced, "announcing to her mother that 'they will make my name'" (ODNB). Learn More£1,575.00
Stock Code: 144272
SAPPHO - CARMAN, Bliss. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics.
London : 1906First De La More Press edition, first impression. Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics was the first comprehensive and fully imagined rendering into English of the fragmentary poems of Sappho.
In 1902 Mitchell Kennerley gave Carman a copy of H. T. Wharton's Sappho (1885) and suggested that he poeticise Wharton's more literal translations. Inspired by... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 147542
OLIVER, Mary. American Primitive.
Boston & Toronto : 1983First edition, first printing, scarce hardcover issue (it was also issued in wrappers). American Primitive is the sixth collection of poems by Oliver, for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Stanley Kunitz wrote that the book "enchants me with the purity of its lyric voice, the loving freshness of its perceptions, and the singular glow of a spiritual... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147169
SPENSER, Edmund. Prothalamion & Epithalamion.
Boston : 1902First edition thus, first impression, number 16 of 400 numbered copies, from an edition limited to 419 copies designed by Bruce Rogers for the Riverside Press, two years after his appointment as head of the Department of Special Bookmaking, and a notably early publication featuring the involvement of this great book designer. This is a highly attractive... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 145313
OLIVER, Mary. Winter Hours.
Boston & New York : 1999First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. Winter Hours is Oliver's fourteenth book of poems, which which she "communicates the beauty she finds in the world and makes it unforgettable" (Miami Herald); also included are Oliver's essays on some of her favourite poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, Edgar Allen Poe, and Robert Frost.
Mary... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146951
EMBIRICOS, Andreas. Amour Amour: writings or personal mythology.
London : 1966First edition, first impression, remarkably uncommon, apparently the first appearance in English, translation by Nikos Stangos and Alan Ross, of the premier Greek surrealist, Andreas Embiricos (1901-1975).
"In this book of twenty-four stories His characters, defying all convention, behave like the ancient gods in their murderous or pleasure-seeking... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 145301
KIEFFER BINDING - BAUDELAIRE, Charles. Les Fleurs du Mal.
Paris : 1920First Kieffer edition, first printing, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 254 of 485 copies only, of Baudelaire's best-known poetry and including the banned poems, here delicately illustrated by Domin.
First published in 1857 by Baudelaire's friend Auguste Poulet Malassis, Les Fleurs du Mal's principal themes of sex and death (lesbianism,... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145732
CARNEVALI, Emanuel. A Hurried Man.
Paris : First edition, first impression, of the only work by Italian writer Emanuel Carnevali (1897-1942) to be published in his lifetime. This book is uncommonly found, especially in such good condition.
After moving to the United States in 1914 at the age of 16, Carnevali became friends with poets such as William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound and... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 147823
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor. The Poetical Works.
London : 1828First collected edition, one of 300 copies; there were also 12 copies printed on large paper. J. Dykes Campbell, later a biographer of Coleridge, wrote in 1888 that his copy of this edition "must be a rare book... from whatever cause, its scarcity is incontestable" (The Athenaeum, p. 307).
Coleridge was unhappy with the work, which was succeeded,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 147753
LARKIN, Philip. The Less Deceived:
Hessle : 1955First edition, first impression, one of 300 copies in the first issue binding, with the relevant issue point for the first impression: the misprint "floor" for "sea" in the first line of "Absences" (p. 38). The Less Deceived was Larkin's second book of poems, and contains some of his most popular verses, including "Church Going" (pp. 26-27).
This... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147210
LOWELL, Amy; and others. Some Imagist Poets.
Boston & New York : 1915First edition, first printing, inscribed by Lowell on the front free endpaper in the month of publication: "Elsie, with lots of love from Amy. April. 1915."
Some Imagist Poets was edited by Lowell and published a year after the first Imagist anthology, Ezra Pound's Des Imagistes. In her preface, Lowell describes how her intentions as an Imagist... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 146789
OLIVER, Mary, & Molly Malone Cook. Our World.
Boston : 2007First edition, first impression, signed by Oliver on the rear free endpaper. Published two years after the death of Oliver's partner, Molly Malone Cook, in 2005, Our World brings together Cook's photography and Oliver's poems and prose in "an intimate revelation of their lives and art" (front flap).
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 147538
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
OLIVER, Mary. West Wind.
Boston & New York : 1997Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, signed by the author on the title page, scarce thus. West Wind is the thirteenth collection by Oliver, containing 40 pieces of lyric poetry and prose.
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline style and minute attentiveness to nature, characteristic of Romantic poetry. Richard... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147173
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
OLIVER, Mary. Blue Pastures.
San Diego, New York & London : 1995Uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, signed by the author on the title page, scarce thus. Blue Pastures contains 15 prose pieces by Oliver, inspired by her three "sustaining passions": "love of the wild world, love of literature, love for and from another person" (p. 119).
Mary Oliver (1935-2019) is best remembered today for her crystalline... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 147170