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MARVELL, Andrew. Miscellaneous Poems; [together with:] Advice to a Painter; [and:] Second Advice to the Painter.
London : 1681; [1679; 1679?]First edition of all three works. Miscellaneous Poems includes the first printing of one of the greatest poems of seduction in the English language, "To his Coy Mistress". Published a couple of years after Marvell's death, the volume made his poetic talents known to a general readership who would have known him, if at all, only from his commendatory... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 130819
SAPPHO - O'HARA, John Myers. The Poems of Sappho.
Chicago : 1907First edition, number 84 of 100 copies printed on handmade paper and numbered by the poet. This richly sensual translation of Sappho's poems was issued shortly after Bliss Carman's Sappho, One Hundred Lyrics (1904), which is considered the first comprehensive and fully imagined rendering into English of the fragmentary poems.
This work unsurprisingly... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 139152
MISHIMA, Yukio. The Sound of Waves.
London : 1957First UK edition, first impression, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Angus with the author's best wishes, Yukio, 23 March 1965". The recipient was novelist Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), one of England's first openly gay authors and a friend of Mishima's.
Mishima stayed at Wilson's Suffolk Cottage while... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145159
BURTON, Sir Richard Francis. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments, now entituled the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
Benares : 1885-88First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes.
The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition.... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 143343
BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily & Anne. The Shakespeare Head Brontë.
Oxford : 1931Large paper issue of the Shakespeare Head edition of the novels of the Brontë sisters, number 41 of 500 copies of the American issue, the whole edition having been equally divided between Great Britain and the USA, extremely scarce in the attractive publisher's binding.
These handsomely produced collected works include two of the most power... Learn More£8,750.00
Stock Code: 86989
DONNE, John. Poems. With Elegies on the Authors Death.
London : 1633First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death, here in a contemporary calf binding. With the exception of a few rare small pieces "none of Donne's poems was printed in his lifetime" (Hayward), and this posthumous collection presents the first publication of some of the greatest love poems in the... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 82696
MEREDITH, George. Modern Love, and the Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads.
London : 1862First edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author to D. G. Rossetti on the title page, "Dante Gabriel Rossetti, from his friend, George Meredith", with authorial manuscript corrections in the text. (The Hayward exhibition copy, also inscribed and corrected, had a note in Meredith's hand apologizing for "Errata ennumerable".) Meredith's novel... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 111629
CLELAND, John. The Surprises of Love,
London : 1765First collected edition, with two of the stories (Romance of a Morning, Romance of an Evening) here printed for the first time, the other two (Romance of a Day, Romance of a Night) previously published in 1760 and 1762 respectively (hence stated second edition on title page). John Cleland is best known for his The Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (generally... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 125240
GINSBERG, Allen. Howl and other poems.
San Francisco : 1956First published edition, first printing, with the spelling "Lucien Carr" in the dedication, and the eighth line of the second paragraph on the rear cover beginning "Harlem". The title poem Howl was in part a poem of love dedicated to Carl Solomon, a friend being held in a psychiatric institute, and caused much controversy for its explicit homoeroticism.... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 133699
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
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
HARDY, Thomas. Far from the Madding Crowd.
London : 1874First edition in book form, one of 1,000 copies published on 23 November 1874. Hardy's fourth novel was serialized anonymously in the Cornhill Magazine from January to December 1874, prompting a reviewer for the Spectator to remark that "If 'Far from the Madding Crowd' is not written by George Eliot, then there is a new light among novelists". Hardy's... Learn More£9,500.00
Stock Code: 128066
BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (illus.); MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
London : 1893First Beardsley edition of Malory's Arthurian epic, this copy in a stunning example of Cedric Chivers's "vellucent" bindings, hand-painted after Beardsley's own artwork within. This copy presents Beardsley's decadent version of Malory's Chivalric romance, noted for illustrations "shockingly overt in their sexuality and eroticism", as a thoroughly luxurious... Learn More£16,500.00
Stock Code: 140967
WILDE, Oscar. The Chameleon.
London : The first and only number of The Chameleon to be published, noted as number 25 of 100 copies in manuscript to the front wrapper, containing the first appearance of Wilde's "Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young", two poems by Lord Alfred Douglas, and the editor John Francis Bloxam's anonymous and controversial homoerotic drama "The Priest... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 144072
SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. The Banquet.
London : 1909 First edition thus, first impression, of one of the great texts on love in world literature and translated by one of its most enthusiastic exponents, in a fine press edition by the London County Council Central School of Arts & Crafts, under the direction of J. H. Mason who worked for the Doves Press.
Scarce: WorldCat locates only one copy (University... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 143848
SHAKESPEARE, William. Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.
London : 1685A notably tall and handsome copy of the Fourth Folio, the last of the 17th-century editions of Shakespeare's works, and the most grandly produced.
The 1623 first folio was edited by John Heminge (d. 1630) and Henry Condell (d. 1627), and seven plays were added by Philip Chetwin (d. 1680) for the third folio of 1663, of which only one, Pericles,... Learn More£185,000.00
Stock Code: 133696
WILLIAMS, Emmett. Sweethearts.
New York : 1967First hardback edition, first impression, with a sharp example of the dust jacket bearing Duchamp's Coeurs Volants (1936) design. Sweethearts was a pioneering work of concrete poetry (also published in wrappers in Stuttgart earlier in the same year) by American Fluxus poet and artist Emmett Williams, presented as an erotic "kinetic metaphor".
Fellow... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 145264
BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Hebrew Melodies
London : 1815, 1813, 1816, 1816First editions, first issue of Hebrew Melodies, with the 4-line notice of Samuel Rogers's Jacqueline: A Tale on the verso of E4 (omitted in the second issue) and Thomas Campbell's Selected Beauties of English Poetry advertised as "In the Press"; The Giaour is of the issue printed on ordinary wove paper without a watermark.
This is a fine representative... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 131986
SHAKESPEARE, William. Sonnets.
Leipzig : 1910First Rowohlt edition, one of five copies printed on vellum, finely bound by the influential German binder Carl Sonntag jun. (18831930), who was instrumental in the emergence and development of the German book art movement that preceded the First World War.
He trained as a binder in the early 1900s in France and the UK, including at the workshop... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 139564
PUSHKIN, Aleksandr. Eugene Onéguine.
London : 1881First edition in English of Pushkin's final and greatest work, a satirical yet deeply felt romance, anatomizing the Byronic ennui of Russia's aristocracy in the early 19th century.
"Perhaps because it was the first, Spalding's translation is often set down as a pioneer version, which we naturally expect to have all the faults of an initial attempt...... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 129124
LANG, Andrew. Aucassin & Nicolete.
London : 1887First edition thus, one of 550 copies only (of which 500 for sale) on Japanese vellum, of Lang's acclaimed translation of the French medieval romantic chantefable, "Andrew Lang was born in order that he might translate it perfectly and he has fulfilled his destiny" (Ezra Pound, Spirit of Romance, 1910), in a superb arts and crafts modelled binding.
From... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 144866
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
STENDHAL. De l'Amour.
Paris : 1924First Kieffer edition, in a striking Kieffer binding, number 50 of 50 copies on japon, from an edition limited to 1050 copies only, of this art deco edition of Stendhal's great study of love, which was originally published in 1822.
In De l'Amour, known in English as On Love, Stendhal shared his concept of "crystallization" as "the process whereby... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 145085
CROSBY, Harry. Sonnets For Caresse.
Paris : 7 October 1926The most complete edition of Crosby's first book, the third overall, number 23 of 100 copies on Arches paper (there were also 7 issued on japon, and one on vellum). This copy, which is in beautiful condition with the original wrappers bound into the hand-painted vellum binding as issued, is a presentation copy, inscribed by Harry Crosby to Helenka Adamowski... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 144892
AUSTEN, Jane. Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion.
London : 1818First edition of Austen's final published work, pairing Northanger Abbey, probably the first full-length novel she wrote, with Persuasion, her last completed novel. Her brother Henry's biographical notice, dated 13 December 1817, is the first acknowledgement in print of Jane Austen as the author of her six novels. Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143280
HAGGIN, Blanche Butterworth. Le Livre D'Amour.
New York : 1887First edition of this lavish book of French love poetry, number 19 of 20 large paper copies printed on Japon, numbered and initialled by the editor Blanche Butterworth Haggin on the limitation page, in an exquisitely produced binding by one of the most famous and important fin de siècle French binders, Léon Gruel's atelier, in beautiful condition.
The... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 144850
RAFFALOVICH, Marc-André. Tuberose and Meadowsweet.
London : 1885First edition, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "A M. J.J. Weiss hommage affectueux de l'auteur". The recipient was likely Jean-Jacques Weiss (1827-1891), French man of letters, professor, and literary critic. This is the author's second book of Uranian poetry, very scarce inscribed, and especially desirable in such nice... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 135467
BRADLEY, Katharine, & Edith Cooper, as FIELD, Michael. Poems of Adoration.
London & Edinburgh : First edition, first impression, of this collaboration by Edith Emma Cooper and her aunt and sometime lover Katharine Harris Bradley, pseudonymously-published as Michael Field. This copy is in notably bright condition, highlighting Charles Rickett's striking art nouveau cloth design.
Whilst Cooper and Bradley's work was highly collaborative (both... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 134560
SAPPHO - IMPERIALE, Giovanni Vincenzo. La Faoniade: inni ed odi
Crisopoli [Parma] : 1792First edition printed with the types of Bodoni (first published in two parts at Naples in 1780-86), a beautifully produced book here in very attractive contemporary Italian morocco.
"A Neapolitan general, Vicenzo Imperiale... presents La Faoniade: Inni ed odi di Saffo as a translation of a previously unknown work by Sappho, newly discovered... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 131990
BUKOWSKI, Charles, & Linda King. Me and Your Sometimes Love Poems.
Los Angeles : First edition, one of an estimated 100 copies only, this attractive copy signed by both authors on the front cover, with three minor manuscript corrections in blue ink King's hand to the text. Bukowski collaborated on this work with his then partner Linda King, a poet and sculptor who edited the literary magazine Purr.
While bibliographer Krumhansl... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142875
VALENTINE. A True Lovers Knot.
[undated, after 1806]A delightful and rare survival of a "True Lover's Knot" manuscript Valentine poem. Designed to be rotated, the words twist through a maze of linear bands to create both a love letter and an intricate work of art. Part of a long tradition of exchanging handmade tokens, letters, or gifts for Valentine's Day, the "True Lover's Knot" poem is designed so... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 145285
GAY SUNSHINE PRESS. Gay Roots.
San Francisco : 1991-3First edition, first printing, Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe signed limited issue, letters B and Z of 26 specially bound copies signed by Leyland, these volumes additionally signed by Leyland on the title pages and deriving from his personal collection. There were also 300 unsigned cloth copies, the vast majority of which were sold to libraries.
Winston... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 123228
CUMMINGS, E. E. Original oil portrait of his wife Marion.
[No location : 1930s]A small but enchanting portrait by Cummings of the love of his life Marion Morehouse (1903-1969), who frequently modelled for his artworks, often nude though captured here with remarkable tenderness. They were together for 30 years, from their first meeting in 1932 (she was onstage) to his death 30 years later. Morehouse was a great beauty, and modelled... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145262
KISSING. How to Kiss.
[Undated, mid-19th century]A delightful memento of the amatory arts in mid-19th century America, an early copy of a humorous article for men on the art of kissing, which originally appeared during the Civil War, perhaps here passed off by the anonymous copyist as his own work. The piece opens by describing the technique of kissing, offering some tips on how the reader might improve... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 144712
POWELL, Anthony. Venusberg.
London : 1932First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his father's lover on the front free endpaper, after whom he named the book's female protagonist: "For Lucy Hayes, With the best wishes of the author, Tony Powell Oct. 11 1932. In the hope that she will forgive the borrowing of her name". Hayes was "a great love and lifelong... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 126592
CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Jacques - WEGENER, Gerda (illus.) Une aventure d'amour a Venise.
Paris : 1927First edition thus, first printing, number 226 of 414 copies printed on velin d'arches paper, of a total print run of 500. The text is extracted from Casanova's memoirs describing his relationship with "M. M.", a nun from the convent at Murano. This edition is beautifully illustrated by Gerda Wegener, likely using her wife, Lili Elbe as a model.
Gerda... Learn More£2,000.00
Stock Code: 145168
SHELLEY, Mary & Percy Bysshe. Autograph letter signed to Claire Clairmont, with a clipped signature of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
[24 South Audley Street] : 2 May 1837Mary writes tersely to her stepsister, in response to a request, enclosing a clipped signature of her late husband ("Yours ever faithfully - Percy B. Shelley"), "I hope the person to whom you give it will appreciate it as it deserves - or I should not like to part with it", she adds.
The relationship between the women had been, and continued... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 120615
HADFIELD, John, ed. Georgian Love Songs, Restoration Love Songs, Elizabethan Love Songs.
Preston, Herts : 1949-55A lovely complete set of these illustrated Cupid Press anthologies collecting love poetry from the time of Shakespeare and Sidney to the time Gay and Goldsmith, edited by John Hadfield who founded the press, and illustrated by Rex Whistler and John Piper. Each was one of 660 numbered copies, the Elizabethan volume being number 226 and signed by John... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 144365
LACLOS, Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses,
Amsterdam & Paris : 1782First edition, first printing, of this masterpiece of French literature. This is the rare first printing ("A" as identified by Max Brun) with the errata leaf at the end of volume IV and uncorrected errata in the text. The first edition, issued in April 1782 in a print run of 2,000 copies, was an immediate success, with several printings following the... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 129009