Complete collection of books and pamphlets of poetry published by the Fantasy Press,

Including the entire Fantasy Poets Series, as listed by John Cotton in his bibliography.

Oxford: The Fantasy Press. 1952-62 Stock Code: 118719
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Complete collection published by the Fantasy Press

An exceptional complete collection of the publications of the Fantasy Press, Oxford, including scarce early works of poetry by Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Geoffrey Hill, Elizabeth Jennings, Thom Gunn, Adrienne Cecil Rich, Anthony Thwaite, Adrian Mitchell, and many others. The publications of the Fantasy Press, established by surrealist artist Oscar Mellor, were an important crucible of "The Movement", a poetic grouping coined in 1954 by J. D. Scott, literary editor of The Spectator.
The Fantasy Poets Series prints work by Elizabeth Jennings, Peace Young, James Price, Donald Hall, Simon Broadbent, Peter Dale Scott, Paul West, F. George Steiner, Lotte Zurdorfer, Martin Seymore-Smith, Geoffrey Hill, Adrienne Cecile Rich, Michael Shanks, Michell Raper, A. Alvarez, Thom Gunn, Anthony Thwaite, Arthur Boyars, Donald Davie, Jonathan Price, Phillip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Richard Selig, Adrian Mitchell, J. E. M. Lucie-Smith, John Holloway, Richard Drain, Laurence D. Lerner, Daibhidh Michell Mitchell, H. S. Eveling, Mark Holloway, Richard Aldridge, Kenneth Wood, Dennis Keene, and Richard Kell.
The New Poems Series comprises six numbers across two volumes: Vol. 1, nos. 1-4, autumn 1952 to summer 1953, and vol. 2, no. 1, autumn 1953, edited by Donald Hall; vol. 2, no. 2, undated, edited by Jonathan Price and Geoffrey Hall. The Oxford Poetry Series ran yearly from 1953 to 1960 (eliding 1968): 1953 edited by Donald Hall and Geoffrey Hill, 1954 edited by Jonathan Price and Anthony Thwaite, 1955 edited by Adrian Mitchell and Richard Selig, 1956 edited by Bernard Donoughie and Gabriel Pearson, 1957 edited by Peter Ferguson and Dennis Keene, 1959 edited by Roger Lonsdale and Judy Spink, and 1960 edited by John Fuller and Francis Hope.
The other books and pamphlets of poetry included here are: Donald Hall, Exile (1952), Elizabeth Jennings, Poems (1953), Lucien Stryk, Taproot (1953), Thom Gunn, Fighting Terms (1954) 2 copies, George Macbeth, A Form of Words (1954), Christopher Marlowe, trans., with 15 line drawings by Oscar Mellor, The Elegies of Ovid (1954), David Raikes, Poems (1954), Donald Davie, The Brides of Reason (1955), Charles Tomlinson, The Necklace (1955), Anthony Baily, The Fool
and the Fancy (1955), Gordon Wharton, This and That (1955), Karl Miller, ed., Poetry from Cambridge (1952-54), Lucien Stryk, The Trespasser (1956), Niccolo Machiavelli, Mandragola (1956), Ian Fletcher, trans., The Lover's Martyrdom (1957), Carl Bode, The Calendar of Love (1959), Kingsley Amis, The Evans Country (1962), George Macbeth, Lectures to the Trainees (1962), Robert Coleman Williams, Ladycross (1962), Peter Dale, Walk from the House (1962), and Michael Fried, Other Hands (1962).

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71 volumes, small octavo and quarto. A large collection mostly in original coloured card wrappers, 5 volumes in original cloth, 1 volume with original dust jacket and 2 volumes with original glassine wraps. Housed in a dark blue cloth solander box.


Some volumes have rust marks from staples, some light foxing to wrappers of New Poems Vol. II.2, cloth of Fighting Terms a little discoloured, glassine wrapper of The Elegies of Ovid slightly browned and quite chipped at head and tail of spine, overall a superb and utterly complete collection.


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