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SHELLEY, Percy Bysshe. Queen Mab, A Philosophical Poem, with Notes.
London : 1813First edition, an "unmutilated" copy, with title page and final leaf intact, and including the poetic dedication to Harriet.
Queen Mab was Shelley's most provocative poem and a key radical text in the early years of the 19th century. The entire edition was 250 copies, published by Thomas Hookman for private distribution by Shelley himself. Due... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 143222
WILLIAMS, Charles. Poems of Conformity.
London : 1917First edition, first impression. Charles Williams (1886-1945) was a British writer who was a member of the Inklings, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S Lewis's discussion group at Oxford. Williams's second book of poetry, the work is ambitious and, despite its title, anything but conformist, merging religion with sex and politics. The poet Alice Meynell gave... Learn More£875.00
Stock Code: 122922
MERRILL, James. Hoi chilies kai e meutera nuchta (The Thousand and Second Night and Other Poems).
[Athens] : 1966First edition thus, first impression. Inscribed by the author and the translator on the front free endpaper "To Allen Ansen and from his friend, veiled in a foreign tongue, Jimmy." Alan Ansen (1922-2006) was a central figure in the loose collection of writers known as the Beats. He was close friends with Burroughs, Ginsberg and Kerouac, and was the... Learn More£160.00
Stock Code: 51354
PARNELL, Thomas. Poems. Selected by Lennox Robinson.
Dublin : 1927First edition, first impression, one of only 200 copies, of this selection of poetry by Thomas Parnell (1678-1718), friend of Pope and Swift, and ancestor of Yeats's infamous political hero Charles Stewart Parnell. With an introductory essay by Lennox Robinson. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 83967
NOTT, Kathleen. Poems from the North.
Aldington, Kent : 1956First edition, first impression, of the author's second poetry collection, following Landscapes and Departures (1947). Presentation copy from the author to the biologist and historian of science Jacob Bronowski, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To J. Bronowski from Kathleen Nott". Nott herself was a committed humanist and rationalist. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 105748
KIPLING, Rudyard. Poems 1886 to 1929.
New York : 1930First and signed limited US edition, number 98 of 525 sets, volume I signed by the author; 12 presentation sets were also issued. One of the finest editions of Kipling's verse, handsomely printed on handmade paper. It was first published in the UK the previous year. Learn More£1,875.00
Stock Code: 111335
KELMSCOTT PRESS: MORRIS, William. Poems by the Way.
Hammersmith : 1891First edition, a superb presentation copy to Georgiana Burne-Jones, inscribed by the author on the initial blank "to Georgie from WM Oct: 22nd 1891".
Georgiana Burne-Jones met Morris through her friendship with, and eventual engagement to, Edward Burne Jones. The pair spent summer holidays with William and Jane Morris at Red House, and worked... Learn More£6,750.00
Stock Code: 145199
ACKERLEY, J. R., and others. Poems by Four Authors.
Cambridge : 1923First edition, first impression, of the first book to publish Ackerley's poetry. The other three poets are A. Y. Campbell, E. L. Davidson, and F. H. Kendon. Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 82618
NERUDA, Pablo. "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice", typescript poem signed.
[June 1944]A scarce example of a signed carbon copy typescript poem by Pablo Neruda, with three small corrections in his hand. The 18-verse poem "Argentina, escucha lo que mi patria te dice" ("Argentina, hear what my country says to you") was written by the Chilean poet and diplomat on 4 June 1944 in response to the coup d'état of 1943 in Argentina. It was first... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 134176
STEWART, Carol (ed.) Poems of Sleep and Dream.
London : 1947First edition, first impression, of the first book to be illustrated by Colquhoun. It was part of the New Excursions Into English Poetry series, which was edited by W. J. Turner and Sheila Shannon.
Stock Code: 143604
WILSON, Edmund (contrib.) New Poems by American Poets.
New York : 1953First Edition, First Printing. With the author's signed presentation inscription to the front free endpaper, "To Cousin Dorothy, who asked me what I had done to deserve Elena - see page 168 from Edmund July 25, 1955". Dorothy Mendenhall was Wilson's cousin, a respected researcher, obstetrician, and pioneer in methods of childbirth. Learn More£220.00
Stock Code: 42864
HATCH, James V., & Ibrahim Ibn Ismail. Poems for niggers and crackers.
[Cairo : 1965First edition. Inscribed by Hatch on the front free endpaper, "To Jackie, would you believe two volumes of verse? Love you for supporting the unpopular arts, Jim." Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 76251
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
MADÁCH, Imre. Az Ember Tragédiája. Drámai költemény. (The Tragedy of Man. A dramatic poem).
Pest : 1861Rare first edition of Madách's most important work, The Tragedy of Man, a dramatic poem that evokes comparisons with Milton's Paradise Lost. Considered one of the major works of Hungarian literature, the play is one of the most often staged Hungarian plays today.
"It would seem that the main external sources of inspiration were Byron and Goethe,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 142746
GYSIN, Brion. [Roller Poem.]
Antwerp : 1977First edition, number 14 of 90 copies signed and dated by Gysin at the foot. This is a very scarce piece of original Gysin poem-art, bringing his obsession with experimental cut-up techniques to bear upon his own name to create a quasi-incantatory scroll of nonsense. Only two copies are listed on Library Hub, one at SUNY and the other at the National... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 131065
NERUDA, Pablo. Primeros poemos de amor.
Madrid : 1936First edition, one of 500 copies, of this collection of love poems by Neruda, essentially a condensed version of his famous and rare second collection Viente poemas de amor y una canción desesperada, originally published in Chile by Nascimento in 1924.
The poems included in this Madrid edition are poems 1, 4, 9, 11, 13, 14, 17, 18, and La Canción... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 142298
MATISSE, Henri (illus.); Charles of Orléans. Poèmes de Charles d'Orléans.
Paris : 1950First edition thus, first printing, number 1127 of 1,230 copies on vélin d'Arches signed by Matisse on the limitation page. This work was entirely composed by Matisse, reproducing his manuscript version of the medieval poetry by the Duke of Orléans (1394-1465), including some of his rondeaux, chansons, and ballads.
The Duke was taken prisoner... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 142638
POPE, Alexander. The Rape of the Locke.
London : 1712The first printing of Pope's Rape of the Lock, published anonymously in two cantos, extracted from its appearance in Bernard Lintot's Miscellaneous Poems and Translations, 1712, pp. 353-376. Lintott paid Pope 15 to expand the poem following this printing, with the revised and full poem published in five cantos in 1714, under Pope's name. Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 135474
BLAKE, William. Milton: A Poem.
Clairvaux : 1967First edition thus, copy S of 26 lettered copies reserved for Lessing J. Rosenwald, the Library of Congress, the Trustees of the William Blake Trust and the Publishers, containing an original guide-sheet and stencil, and a set of hand-coloured plates showing progressive stages in the stencil work, as well as colour collotype proofs, from a total edition... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 115042
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
SCHUYLER, James. The Morning of the Poem.
New York : 1980First edition, first printing. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, " For Virgil, "...My long life..." Jimmy 3/14/80." Recipient was Virgil Thomson, the American composer, whom besides Schulyer forged friendships with James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Piccaso and other prominent cultural figures of the day. Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 101437
ARNOLD, Matthew. Cromwell: A Prize Poem.
Oxford : 1843First edition, first printing, of the author's second separate publication (following the rare Alaric at Rome, 1840), marking Arnold's receipt of the Newdigate Prize while at Balliol College. With the ownership signature of the philosopher Richard Congreve, then a student at Wadham College, Oxford, and a former pupil of Arnold's father at Rugby. Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 94529
MACDONALD, George. Within and Without: a dramatic poem.
London : 1855First edition of the author's first book, presentation copy to Charles Kingsley, inscribed by MacDonald in ink at the head of the title: "The Reverend Charles Kingsley With much honour from George MacDonald".
An excellent association copy, bringing together the only two significant writers of Christian fantasy in the Victorian period. Kingsley... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 43749
YEATS, W. B. (pref.); GOGARTY, Oliver. Wild Apples.
Dublin : 1930First edition thus. This is one of 250 copies of this second selection by Yeats of the poems of Oliver Gogarty, likened by him in his opening poem, The Crab Tree, to "a tart crop" of wild apples. It was preceded by the 1926 private edition of 50 copies which did not include Yeats's preface. Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 132515
DERLETH, August. Here on a Darkling Plain.
Philadelphia : 1940First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed with an original poem to the publisher's wife, with the inscription on the front free endpaper reading "To Laura McElwee, Cordially, August Derleth, May 1940" and the poem "The lost child, / less than the dry leaf blown / along the walls". The recipient was the wife of Ritten House publisher... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 114742
GWYNNE, Horace, pseud. of James Augustus St John. Abdallah; an Oriental Poem: in Three Cantos.
London : 1824First and sole edition of this very scarce collection of verse by the flourishingly named James Augustus St John, born James John (1795-1875), the son of a shoemaker, in what would become Dylan's Thomas stamping ground of Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. Abdallah is an interesting contribution to the Romantic oriental verse epic, a form popularisd by Tom... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 141341
GOGARTY, Oliver. Wild Apples. With a Preface by William Butler Yeats.
Dublin : 1930First edition thus (preceded by the 1926 private edition of 50 copies which did not include Yeats's preface) this one of 250 copies of this second selection by Yeats of the poems of Oliver Gogarty, likened by him in his opening poem, The Crab Tree, to "a tart crop" of wild apples. Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 83989
POGANY, Willy (illus.); HEINE, Heinrich. Atta Troll.
London : 1913First edition with the Pogány illustrations of this German poem. Written by the politically radical poet Heine in 1841 Atta Troll appeared incomplete, and never to be completed, in The Newspaper for the Elegant World, a German literary journal, in 1843. It was first published in book form in 1847, and first published in English in 1876, translated... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 117266
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
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
BROOKE, Rupert. [The Dead.]
[c.1917]A rare wartime issue of part of Rupert Brooke's best-known poems, "The Dead", printing on a large single sheet the first stanza, beginning "Blow out, you bugles... ". The sheet is signed below on two printed lines over the legend "War Command" Lieutenant-General Sir Fenton Aylmer (1862-1935), recipient of the Victoria Cross and commander of the Tigris... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 127049
TODD, Ruthven. The Acreage of the Heart.
Glasgow : 1944First edition, first impression. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed in Todd's neat hand in brown ink on the front free endpaper: "for Dunstan with love from Ruthven. 21: i (?): 1945"; and below this a holograph poem in two 6-line stanzas, beginning: "A moth caught in the electric flash/ of Europe's dynamos run out of hand". The recipient is... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 109637
HEANEY, Seamus. Squarings.
Dublin : 1991First edition, signed limited issue, number 5 of 10 author's proofs, signed by both the author and illustrator, from a total run of 100 copies, of which 60 were for sale. This copy has an additional inscription by Heaney quoting from his poem Fosterling, "Air to brighten, Time to be dazzled, and the heart to lighten", facing the frontispiece. These... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 133558
COCKERILL, Sir George. Love's Universe and the Calendar. Sonnet-Sequences.
1931First edition. This copy inscribed on the front pastedown: "To Elton Cockerill with every good wish from his uncle George, October 1934." Unusual, and seemingly self-published, sequence of highly-polished poems by a long-time intelligence officer, one of the most innovative thinkers in British intelligence in World War I, head of M. O. 5, inventor... Learn More£145.00
Stock Code: 59749
YEATS, W. B. The Wild Swans at Coole.
Dundrum : 1917First and limited edition, one of 400 copies. One of Yeats's major poetry collections, the title was printed by Yeats's sister, Elizabeth Corbet. The collection includes the much-loved title poem, alongside one of his most enduring poems, "An Irish Airman Foresees his Death".
The Cuala Press, a co-operative business with Lily Yeats, was founded... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143926
ARNOLD, Matthew. An amateur manuscript copy of The Forsaken Merman.
1897A unique calligraphic manuscript copy of Arnold's poem "The Forsaken Merman". The present copy includes fine illustrations within ornamental borders, possibly after original designs, in an art nouveau style reminiscent of masters such as Edward Burne-Jones, Robert Anning-Bell, and Walter Crane. We were unable to trace information about the "Dodo" who... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 138062
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
DIEGO, José de. Pomarrosas.
Barcelona : 1904First edition, first printing, inscribed by the author on the photographic portrait plate, "Al Sr. Paul Osgood Hardy, en homenaje da simpatia, José de Diego, San Juan - P.R. Enero 2 de 1914" (2 January 1914). The recipient, Osgood Paul Hardy (1889-1955), was a Californian explorer and author of several studies of the Incas and Peru; he served as interpreter... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 118072
ADCOCK, A. St John. For Remembrance.
London : 1918First edition, first impression, of Adcock's memorial volume, giving biographies and poetical excerpts for 44 "Soldier Poets", 20 of which are portrayed. This book is uncommonly found, especially so in such good condition and with the jacket.
The dust jacket, which was designed by Eugene Hastain, bears on the front flap an advertisement ("It... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 144555
MEYER, Tom. Poikilos.
Urbana, IL : 1971First edition, first printing, inscribed with a poem on the half-title, "wet windows / no tears / only rain / January 1978, a 'thread' for Winston from Tom". Two hundred and fifty copies were produced of this finely printed collection of poems. The recipient was Winston Leyland (b.1940), a leading figure in American LGBT publishing who won the Stonewall... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 122967
HUGHES, Ted. Remains of Elmet.
London : 1979First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author "For Janos with lots of love from Ted June 16th 1979" on the half-title. The recipient was Janos Csokits (19282011), a Hungarian poet and close friend of Hughes, who worked with him on the translation of fellow Hungarian poet, János Pilinszky. Csokits was introduced to Hughes... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 135038
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
WILDE, Oscar. The Sphinx.
London : 1894First edition, first impression. Although the stated limitation was of 200 copies, there appear to have been 303 copies printed, with 128 copies left standing unbound in quires and it is possible that this copy was bound for Hatchards from one of the remaining unbound sheets (see Nelson). Wilde's poem, together with Charles Ricketts's art nouveau illustrations... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 131703
CARMAN, Bliss; & Richard Hovey. More Songs From Vagabondia.
Boston : 1896First edition, one of 60 large paper copies, inscribed and signed by Carman with the 8-line poem "Daisies" (also printed on page 13) written out on the half title, and additionally signed or initialled by Carman no less than 26 times in the text (conceivably marking out the poems of which he, rather than Hovey, was author). Carman has also signed the... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 122231
TENNYSON, Alfred, Lord. The Charge of the Light Brigade.
[London] : 1855First separate edition, extremely scarce in this format, one of 1,000 copies published for distribution to the troops in the Crimea, with a note in manuscript at the foot of the mount: "My father Col. Adolphus Burton C.B. was in the Charge of the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. G.D.B. his eldest daughter, Grace, whose married name was Grace Denys-Burton"... Learn More£42,500.00
Stock Code: 111544
HUGHES, Ted (presents). The Apocrypha.
London, New York, Toronto : 1953A fascinating copy of the biblical Apocrypha, presented by Ted Hughes to one of two Hungarian poets, either Janos Pilinsky (1921-1981) or Janos Csokits (1928-2011), inscribed "To Janos 10th August 1960, from Ted" on the front free endpaper. Hughes has marked up sections of interest in "The Wisdom of Solomon" for the recipient's interest. Pilinszky,... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 131034
FROST, Robert. A Boy's Will.
London : 1913First edition of Frost's first published book, inscribed by Frost on the blank facing the first printed poem with the then-unpublished 12-line poem "The Same Leaves" written out, signed, and addressed "For Martha Shanner, July 1927". Frost has also signed both the front cover and the title page, both retrospectively dated May 1913. The copy is accompanied... Learn More£8,500.00
Stock Code: 122696
YEATS, W. B. Michael Robartes and the Dancer.
Dundrum : 1920First edition, first impression, one of 400 copies printed and now very scarce. The significant English composer and co-founder of the original Glastonbury Festivals Rutland Boughton's copy, with his ownership inscription "R. Boughton, Glastonbury" to first blank and matching purple ink stamp to the title page.
Rutland Boughton (1878-1960) remains... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 143925
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
ESSEX HOUSE PRESS: GOLDSMITH, Oliver. The Deserted Village.
Campden, Gloucestershire : 1904First Essex House Press edition, number 120 of 150 copies only, printed on vellum and hand illuminated. Goldsmith's poem, first published in 1770, is a pastoral elegy and political polemic which depicts an idealised, and supposedly lost, rural lifestyle. It is presented here as the twelfth work in the Essex House Press Great Poems Series. The Essex... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 137543
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
EVANS, Walker (illus.); CRANE, Hart. The Bridge
Paris : 1930First edition, first impression, one of 200 copies on Holland Paper from a total limited edition of 284 copies. The Bridge was Crane's only attempt at a long poem, inspired by his view of the Brooklyn Bridge from his apartment in Columbia Heights, and includes three plates from photographs of the bridge by his friend Walker Evans. Harold Bloom praised... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 83569