Search results for: 'poems'
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
TIBRIZI, Abu Zakariya' Yahya ibn 'Ali al-Khatib al-. A Commentary on Ten Arabic Poems.
Calcutta : 1894First edition, in the original Arabic, of this authoritative commentary on the Mu'allaqat and three further Arabic poems from the pre-Islamic period; the poems themselves are printed in full, with the commentary between each line. Al-Tibrizi (1030-1109), a native of Tabriz in Iran, "was a philologist, a great authority on poetry For a time he was a... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 118904
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
NEKRASOV, Nikolai Alekseevich. Stikhotvoreniia [Poems].
[St Petersburg : 1879First complete collected edition of the poems of Nekrasov, published the year after his death. At his funeral, Dostoevsky hailed him as "the greatest Russian poet since Pushkin and Lermontov". "Nekrasov did not succeed in creating a school of his own: no 'peasant' poets came in his wake. But he, more than any other Russian poet, made his contemporaries... Learn More£1,375.00
Stock Code: 129724
JUNG, Sir Nizamat. Arabian Poems. The Land of Faith.
Hyderabad : 1935First edition, no other copy traced. Group of poems on Islamic themes dedicated to Mir Osman Ali Khan Bahadur, Nizam of Hyderabad and Berar - "The Premier Muslim Ruler in India". Sir Nizamat Jung Bahadur (1871-1955)was an Arab-Indian poet, lawyer and bibliophile. In 1887 he became a student at Trinity College Cambridge where he gained a B.A. and LL.B... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 140973
AYTOUN, Edmondstoune William. Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and other Poems.
Edinburgh : 1863First Paton edition, superbly illustrated. "The book brims with Paton's half-page illustrations, headpieces and tailpieces (augmented by a few landscapes by his brother, Waller Paton) - the armour and historical costumes (Paton was a noted collector of these) perfectly realized to the last detail, the compositions unusual and forceful, the squeezed-together... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 137470
KOZLOV, Ivan Ivanovich. Chernets, kievskaia povest [The Monk, a tale of Kiev].
[St Petersburg : 1825First edition of Kozlov's Byronic poem, the work that established his literary reputation, and which spread Byronic ideals among the Russian literary scene. Kozlov (1779-1840) lost his sight in 1821 and had to forgo his successful military and civil service career. He instead took to writing, learning English and German to add to his Russian and French,... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 129707
KALIDASA. The Mégha Dúta;
Calcutta : 1813First edition of the first translation into any European language of one of the most influential poems in the Sanskrit canon. Kalidasa has been described by Edwin Gerow, a noted authority on Sanskrit poetics, as "probably the greatest Indian writer of any epoch" (Britannica). From internal evidence it has been suggested that he was a Brahman during... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 122308
BACCANTI, Alberto. Maometto, legislatore degli Arabi e fondatore dell'Impero musulmano.
Casalmaggiore : 1791First and only edition of this epic poem in Italian recounting the life of Muhammad in 12 cantos of ottava rima, each canto illustrated with a full-page engraved plate, in addition to two frontispiece portraits of the author and of Muhammad astride a rampant horse, all after original paintings by Paolo Araldi. Originally from Casalmaggiore, Araldi (d.... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 102633
STARK, Freya et al. The London Magazine.
London : 1955First edition, from the personal library of Freya Stark. This number of the London Magazine contains an article by Freya Stark, entitled "Sunrise on Olympus", in which she describes two times she saw the sunrise around Mount Olympus, once in 1939 and once after the Second World War. Her description does not shy away from the romance of the scene as... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 127643
WESTON, Stephen. Extracts from a Journal in the Months of June, July, August, and September, in the Year 1819.
London : 1820First and only edition. Stephen Weston, (1747-1830), antiquary, classical scholar, and minor Shakespearian. Educated Eton, and Exeter College, Oxford. "Weston accompanied Sir Charles Warwick Bampfylde of Devon as his tutor in a long tour of the continent. As a result of this tour he conceived a passion for travel and a particular love for France and,... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 139891
PEAKE, Frederick Gerard. A History of Trans-Jordan and its Tribes.
Amman : 1934First edition, extremely uncommon, just eight locations on WorldCat, no copy in BL, just two copies traced at auction. Major-General Frederick G. Peake, CMG, CBE (1886-1970), known as Peake Pasha, was a British Army and police officer, and founder and commandant of the Arab Legion Trans-Jordan. He fought alongside T.E. Lawrence in the First World War,... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 127455
RABADAN, Muhammad. Mahometism Fully Explained.
London : 1723-25First ever English language edition of a biography of the Prophet written by a Muslim, presenting for the first time to a European readership a sympathetic view of Muhammad himself, and of the culture of Islam. Well represented institutionally, we can trace only two complete copies at auction.
English translation of a biography of the Prophet... Learn More£4,250.00
Stock Code: 141305
AUDEN, W. H., & Louis Macneice. Letters from Iceland.
London : 1937First edition, first impression, inscribed by Auden on the title page "For William Gray, with love from Wystan". This is a lovely association copy of this pre-war travelogue, collaboratively written by Isherwood and Auden in prose and verse respectively.
The recipient, Dr William ("Woods") Shelton Gray, Jr (1926-1993), fostered friendships with... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 147786
STARK, Freya et al. The Cornhill Magazine.
London : 1945First Edition. A copy of the magazine from Freya Stark's personal library, containing an article by her entitled "Moving Pictures in Arabia". Illustrated by two pictures of Yemen, Stark tells an amusing account of her attempts to screen films with a travelling cinema in Yemen. She is particularly interested to note how Yemeni women reacted to this technology,... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 127634
AUDEN, W. H., & Christopher Isherwood. Journey to a War.
New York : 1939First US edition, first printing, familiarly inscribed by Auden using his first name reserved for friends on the title page, "for Bill Gray with best wishes from Wystan Auden", 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.... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 147384
BURTON, Richard F. The Kasîdah (Couplets) of Hajî Abdû El-Yezdî.
London : 1880]First edition, first issue, with the title page undated and not naming Bernard Quaritch as the publisher. Penzer believed that the entire first edition probably consisted of no more than 200 copies, most of which was intended for private distribution among Burton's friends, and that the first issue "was very small indeed". Burton claimed the Kasidah... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 127527
LAWRENCE, T. E. Revolt in the Desert.
London : 1927First edition, third impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator "To Brendy, Feb. 22. 1927, from Eric H. Kennington" on the front free endpaper, with an original sketch by Kennington of a baby's face with a halo and angel wings. With a laid-in slip of Kennington's letterhead inscribed by his wife Celandine "To dear Brendy with ever-growing... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 116543
KHĀQĀNI, Afdal al-Din-al-Shirwani al-. Tuhfat al-'Iraqayn [The Gift of the Two Iraqs].
[Safavid Iran : [c.1600]A most attractive and highly uncommon Safavid-era manuscript, the only mathnawi - or long narrative poem in couplet form - of the celebrated 12th century CE Persian poet Khāqāni; it is presented here in an appealing binding, the onlays, probably once gilded but the gilt now oxidised, almost certainly made of paper, a distinct Safavid practice at this... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 132183
Paris : 1840-1852First edition in any European language, and the first procurable edition of the original Sanskrit, of the work identified by Sir Aurel Stein as "practically the sole extent product of Sanskrit literature possessing the character of a true chronicle" (cited after Mirsky, Sir Aurel Stein: Archaeological Explorer, p. 23). The 12-year interval between the... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 113705
BARTOLOMMEI SMEDUCCI, Girolamo. L'America poema eroico.
Rome : 1650First edition of this "magnificent" (Gamba) celebration of the discovery of America, an allegorical epic in ottava rima, forty cantos each of a hundred stanzas, "a sort of Pilgrim's Progress in verse" (Rich).
The work celebrates the heroic wanderings and adventures of Amerigo Vespucci, in avowed imitation of Homer's Odyssey. In his introduction... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 123372
ERPENIUS, Thomas. [Arabic title] Kitab al-Jarrumiyah wa-Mi'at al-'amil. Grammatica Arabica
Leiden : 1617 & 1637First editions of these two landmark studies of the Arabic language. From the library of Pierre Dippy (16221709), Maronite dragoman to King Louis XIV of France and chair of Arabic and Syriac at the Collège Royal in Paris from 1667 to his death, the title pages inscribed "Ex libris Pierre Dippy" in a contemporary hand (the name ineffectually struck... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 118772
ANDERSON, James. Observations on the means of exciting a spirit of National Industry; chiefly intended to promote the Agriculture, Commerce, Manufactures, and Fisheries, of Scotland.
Edinburgh : 1777First edition, in a fine Scott of Edinburgh binding, presentation copy, inscribed from the author on a preliminary blank to William Murray, first earl of Mansfield, whose celebrated library was largely destroyed by fire during the Gordon Riots.
The Scottish agriculturalist and political economist James Anderson (1739-1808) wrote several influential... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 127839
SCHELCHER, Xavier Eugène, & Georges Charpentier (illus.) Croisière du Steam-Yacht Medjé en Angleterre, Ecosse et Irlande, Juillet-Août, 1892 - original manuscript account with finely engraved illustrations.
Paris : c.1893Superbly executed illustrated manuscript recording a pleasure cruise in British waters on the steam-yacht Medjé in the summer of 1892. The trip won the Union des yachts français medal for the most interesting voyage 1891-3 - sharp silver print of the medal and presentation letter from the comte de Montaigu mounted third front blank - and this account... Learn More£3,850.00
Stock Code: 134814