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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
AUDEN, W. H. Epistle to a Godson and Other Poems.
London : 1972First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill Gray from Wystan", his printed name struck through. Auden dedicated the poem "The Aliens" to Gray in this volume (pp. 35-36); Auden has also corrected "United Nations Hymn" (p. 60).
This was the last collection... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 147414
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
MALLARMÉ, Stéphane. Vers de circonstances, 4 original manuscript envelope poems.
[c.1885]A superb set of four manuscript postal poems penned by Mallarmé, three on envelopes, in lieu of the address and containing all usual and necessary information, to his friend and first cousin once removed, the French novelist Victor Margueritte (1866-1942), and one addressed to himself.
All four of these autograph poetical postal jests were published... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 135697
SASSOON, Siegfried. The War Poems.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, rare in the jacket and in such excellent condition. The volume includes 63 poems of the war, most written while Sassoon was in hospital recovering from his injuries. "Sassoon's savagely realistic and compassionate war poems had established his stature as a fully fledged poet, and despite all his later prose and verse,... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 148774
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
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
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
WILDE, Oscar. Poems.
New York : 8 June 1895An unusually well-preserved example of this early American pirated edition of Wilde's poetry, first published by George Munro on 19 January 1882. The first edition of the Poems of Wilde was published in 1881, with his permission. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 146018
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
LAWRENCE, D. H. Last Poems.
Florence : 1932First edition, first impression, number 21 of 750 copies.
As noted in the introduction "these poems are printed from two manuscripts found among Lawrence's papers after his death; and, apart from the unlikely event of other Mss being discovered, this book contains the whole of Lawrence's posthumous poetry." Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 149055
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
(TERRY, Ellen.) 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 (designed by her son Edward Gordon Craig) to each front pastedown; the Italy volume with her note to title page "From Henry - M of V." Henry must be Henry Irving, who played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice alongside Terry (as Portia)... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 148205
AUDEN, W. H. Collected Shorter Poems 1927-1957.
New York : 1968First US edition, second printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends, "For Bill with love from Wystan. Feb. 1970", his printed name struck through. Auden has also annotated this copy with a missing line on p. 27 in the poem "Easy Knowledge".
The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993)... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 146844
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.
New York : 1934First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "Bill Gray with love from Wystan", his printed name struck through.
The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 147383
AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
New York : 1969First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill Gray with love from Wystan. Feb 1970".
The recipient Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993) fostered friendships with major literary figures such as Auden and T. S. Eliot, and on one occasion met... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 146846
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
AUDEN, W. H. City Without Walls and Other Poems.
London : 1969First edition, first impression, familiarly inscribed by the author the year after publication using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "For Patrick Garland. With best wishes, from Wystan Auden June. 1970", his printed name struck through. Garland (1935-2013) was a writer, actor, and director.
Loosely inserted is a newspaper... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 147003
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
SWINBURNE, Algernon Charles. Poems and Ballads.
London : 1866First edition, first issue (with Moxon imprint), first state with Wise's textual errors uncorrected, of the most sensationally controversial book of English poetry of its century, its contents being a heady mix of sadomasochism, necrophilia, egalitarianism, and blasphemy. This copy passed through the hands of renowned book dealer Martin Stone and has... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148689
DICKINSON, Emily. Poems (Third Series).
Boston : 1896First edition, first printing, of Dickinson's third posthumously published book, following the first two series in 1891 and 1892.
Her poetry was first published in 1890, four years after her death, due to the efforts of Mabel Loomis Todd, a friend of Dickinson and her brother's lover, alongside Dickinson's long-term correspondent Thomas Wentworth... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 148783
TOLKIEN, J. R. R. Poems and Stories.
London : 1980First edition thus, collecting together Tolkien's earlier shorter writings; all copies were issued in this deluxe edition format, attractively printed and bound, and presented in a collector's box.
The collection of short stories comprises: "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil", "The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth Beorhthelm's Son", "Leaf by Niggle", "Farmer... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 149227
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
KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William. Poems by the Way.
Hammersmith : 1891First edition, one of 313 copies of which this is one of 300 copies on paper.
This was the first Kelmscott Press volume printed in two colours, and the first to feature the smaller Kelmscott printer's mark. Peterson notes that Morris was "apparently so pleased with his new printer's mark that he used it twice: at the end of the table of contents... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 148541
SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita. Solitude. A Poem.
London : 1938First trade edition, first impression, signed by the author on the front free endpaper.
A signed limited issue of 100 copies was published on 22 October 1938, simultaneously with this trade edition, but in a vellum-backed binding. Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 148832
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
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. It includes the poem "Funeral Blues". Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 147732
BROOKE, Rupert; Lascelles Abercrombie; John Drinkwater; Wilfred Wilson Gibson. [Complete set of] New Numbers.
Ryton, Dymock, Gloucester : 1914First editions, first impressions. The four numbers comprising the complete run of New Numbers by the "Dymock Poets". Forty-one poems are present, of which fifteen are by Rupert Brooke. The majority of the poems in Brooke's 1914 and Other Poems first appeared here, including the first publication of his famous poem "The Soldier".
Keynes, in his... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 148519
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
AUDEN, W. H. The Collected Poetry.
New York : 1945First edition, third printing, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends, "Bill Gray with best wishes Wystan Auden", his printed name struck through. Auden has written "1927-1944" under the title, reflecting his original (rejected) wish that, "as to the title, I want Poems 1928-1945. The word Collected suggests finality... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 146839
AUDEN, W. H. For the Time Being.
London : 1958First UK edition, fifth impression, familiarly inscribed by the author using his first name reserved for friends on the title page: "To Bill from Wystan", his printed name struck through. This volume comprises the long poems For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio and The Sea and the Mirror: A Commentary on Shakespeare's The Tempest.
The recipient... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 147263
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
PLATH, Sylvia. Winter Trees.
London : 1971First edition, first impression. This book constitutes a collection of poems written in between Plath's Colossus and Ariel, which was edited and published posthumously by Ted Hughes. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 148569
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
POUND, Ezra. Rimbaud.
Milan : 1957First edition, first printing, number 223 of 500 copies only, of this small collection of five of Rimbaud's poems curated by Ezra Pound and presented with the English text facing the original French. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148788
KEROUAC, Jack. The Scripture of the Golden Eternity.
New York : 1960First edition, first printing, first issue, with the purple design by Jesse Sorentino to the front cover and priced at 95 cents on rear, of these 66 prose poems reflecting on Buddhist philosophy. Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 148792
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
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
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
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
ROETHKE, Theodore. Words for the Wind.
London : 1957First edition, first impression, preceding the US edition by a year, of this collection of poems by Roethke.
Roethke met Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes at a party on 1 February 1961. The following day, Plath wrote about him to her mother: "I've always wanted to meet him, as I find he is my Influence. Ted gave me his collection Words for the Wind... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 148661
POUND, Ezra. Versi Prosaici
Rome : 1959First edition, first impression, one of 250 copies, of which this copy is un-numbered and in the special binding noted by Gallup. The present copy is a bibliographical oddity, since Gallup calls for additional stamping in blind and gold, not present here. Pound specifically stated that the poems did not belong to his series of Cantos.
... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 148491
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