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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
OLIVER, Mary. White Pine.
New York, San Diego & London : 1994First edition, first printing, signed by the author on the title page. This is an advance review copy, with the publisher's press release laid-in. White Pine is Oliver's eleventh collection, in which "she writes of the silky bonds between each person and the natural world" (dust jacket); it includes "The Sea Mouse" and some of her earliest prose poems.
Mary... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 146952
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe - SHARP, William. Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
London : 1887First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication: "To Mathilde Blind. With the admiration & affection of her friend, William Sharp. Oct 27, '87".
Mathilde Blind (1841-1896) was a German-born English poet who lectured on Shelley and edited A Selection from the Poems of Percy Bysshe... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 146191
ANGELOU, Maya. Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie.
New York : 1971First edition, first printing, of the author's first book of poetry, warmly inscribed on the front free endpaper: "For Richard Gildenmeister, Dick, Brother, you are a boon, a boon for me, for us, (for the species) Please write! and write on! Your sister (How-be-it-now) Maya". Richard Gildenmeister is a former bookseller based in Cleveland, Ohio, where... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 147853
MOORE, Thomas. The Works.
Paris : 1823A handsome set from the collection of Charles Dickens with his bookplate and sale label to the front pastedown of each volume. The bookplates bear an illustration of a lion holding a star; the sale labels read, "From the Library of Charles Dickens, Gadshill Place, June, 1870". Dickens purchased Gadshill Place in Kent in 1856 and lived there until he... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 138608
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.
San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968First edition, sole impression, a scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets.
Copies were issued for free with the injunction that they be planted: "The time is right to mix sentences, sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation and the rain with verbs, and for worms to pass... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 148029
BRAUTIGAN, Richard. Please Plant This Book.
San Francisco / Santa Barbara : 1968First edition, sole impression, a scarce complete set of these eight poems by Richard Brautigan printed on the back of coloured seed packets.
Copies were issued for free with the injunction that they be planted: "The time is right to mix sentences, sentences with dirt and the sun with punctuation and the rain with verbs, and for worms to pass... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145604
CHRISTMAS - VIZETELLY, Henry (printer). Christmas with the Poets:
London : 1851First edition, in the attractive publisher's gift binding, of this Christmas treasury. "In 1851 Vizetelly printed, and Bogue published, a notable gift book, Christmas with the Poets, which, it has been suggested, 'must have contributed considerably to the popular revival of the 'Old Christmas' atmosphere'" (Ruari McLean, "Victorian Book Design and Colour... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 145978
GREENAWAY, Kate. Collection of works.
1870-1930A significant collection of the illustrated books of Kate Greenaway, gathered by a private collector over many years and an assemblage which in scope and quality would now be difficult to equal, covering the full breadth of her career, and richly illustrating the extent and variety of her work.
The collection comprises four presentation copies... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 144492
SMITH, Patti. A Useless Death.
New York : 1972First edition, number 246 of 300 copies signed by the author. An excellent copy of Smith's poem, the narrator waiting their turn on the scaffold while a queen and 30 of her ladies in waiting are forced to dig their own graves. The poem was published and distributed by Gotham Book Mart, where Smith acted as a book scout during her early years in New... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145624
ROBINSON, W. Heath (illus.); KIPLING, Rudyard. A Song of the English.
London : [c.1914]A handsome copy of Kipling's classic, with Robinson's superb illustrations. "This poem originally appeared in The English Illustrated Magazine, May, 1893, prior to its inclusion in The Seven Seas" (Livingston, p. 74), three years later, from which this edition is reprinted. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 143391
RIMBAUD, Arthur. A Season in Hell.
London : First edition in English, first impression, number 537 of 600 copies only. 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 with a revolver in the summer of that year. Copies in such good condition and in the jacket are rare. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 148025
WARHOL, Andy (illus.); Ed Sanders (ed.) FUCK YOU / a magazine of the arts, our third anniversary Mad Motherfucker issue!
A secret location on the Lower East Side, New York City : 1965First edition of this rare issue of Ed Sanders's erotic counterculture magazine, with the coveted and fragile thermofaxed front cover. The cover features a still from Warhol's banned pansexual art-porno Couch (1964), showing Gerard Malanga, Rufus Collins, and Kate Helicser making love on the Factory couch. It also includes the significant pirated first... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 144818
FROST, Robert. Mountain Interval.
New York : 1916First edition, first printing, first issue, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "For W. W. Stark by Robert Frost both of English 18 Amherst 1917".
An excellent association copy, the recipient Whitney W. Stark (with his bookplate to facing pastedown) being a student in Frost's English class at Amherst College,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 146761
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
ESSEX HOUSE PRESS - BROWNING, Robert. Flight of the Duchess.
London : 1905First Essex House Press edition, number 40 of 125 copies, all printed on vellum and hand-coloured. Browning's poem was first printed in Dramatic Romances and Lyrics in 1845.
The Essex House Press was founded by Charles Robert Ashbee and Laurence Hodson following the closure of William Morris's Kelmscott Press in 1897 and "came from the heart... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 147283
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Marino Faliero.
London : 1821First edition, second issue, with the Doge's speech on p. 151 starting "His crimes!" and lasting seven lines (changed from the first issue beginning "What crimes?" followed by five-and-a-half lines, in a superb contemporary binding.
Marino Falerio is a verse tragedy written by Byron after visiting the Palazzo Ducale in Venice and discovering... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 147916
LUCRETIUS CARUS, Titus. De rerum natura.
Paris : 1744A handsomely bound copy of the Latin text of Lucretius' radical work On the Nature of Things, a philosophical poem written to explain Epicurean philosophy to a Roman audience in the 1st century BCE, "with a view to abolishing superstitious fears of the intervention of the gods in this world and of punishment by the gods in an afterlife" (Slavitt).
It... Learn More£850.00
Stock Code: 146640
WOOD, William. The Bow-mans Glory; or Archery Revived.
London : 1682First edition; a second edition was published in 1691. Wood was Marshal of the Society of Finsbury Archers and he invokes the spirit of Agincourt to argue for continued English toxophily. Wood's funeral in 1691 was marked with three flights of whistling arrows.
The work is dedicated to Charles II and opens with a poem "In Praise of Archery",... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 147061
BAGNOLD, Enid. The Squire.
London : 1938First edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed "For Irene from Enid, September 1938" on Bagnold's headed stationary, with her Rottingdean home address, pasted onto the front free endpaper.
The recipient was likely Irene Mayer Selznick, wife of David O. Selznick, an important influence on Bagnold, and who produced the world premiere... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 147981
MURPHEY, Charles. A Journal of a Whaling Voyage on board ship Dauphin, of Nantucket.
Mattapoisett, Mass : 1877Colourful verse narrative in quatrains of a Pacific whaling voyage, the present edition with a frontispiece and four plates. Another edition with no woodcuts was also published in 1877, both of which were also issued in paper wrappers. Although no priority is assigned Forbes notes that the present illustrated variant is the less common of the two.
Charles... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 146856
MARTIN, John (illus.); MILTON, John. The Paradise Lost of Milton.
London : 1827First edition in book form, a handsome copy of the more desirable large plate issue. John Martin's Paradise Lost maintains a strong claim to be the finest illustrated edition of the poem ever produced.
Already famous as an artist for his bold and melodramatic paintings, Martin was commissioned by Septimus Prowett to turn his talents to Milton.... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 145395