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  1. 143280
    AUSTEN, Jane. Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion.

    London : 1818

    First 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

  2. 145299comp
    BARNES, Djuna. Ladies Almanack.

    Paris : 1928

    First edition, the copy of Barnes's literary executor, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper and accompanied by a vellum sheet such as that used as the cover of the deluxe issue, hand-coloured by Barnes, given to him at the time of inscription: "For Hank O'Neal with the compliments of the Author Djuna Barnes. New York 1978"; this copy... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 145299

  3. 145003comp
    BARNEY, Natalie Clifford (her copy); ROUVEYRE, André (illus.) Mort de l'Amour.

    Paris : 1911

    First and only edition, inscribed on the half-title to the Amazon of Paris "à Natalie Clifford Barney, imperturbable, André Rouveyre"; number 928 of 1000 copies on papier d'Arches, from an edition limited to 1010 copies only. Rouveyre seems to have been liberal with his inscriptions, but this is a superb Parisian association.

    The Paris-based... Learn More
    £650.00

    Stock Code: 145003

  4. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,
    BEARDSLEY, Aubrey (illus.); MALORY, Sir Thomas. The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur,

    London : 1893

    First 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

  5. 145326
    BÉDIER, Joseph; BELLOC, Hilaire (trans.) The Romance of Tristan & Iseult.

    London : 1903

    First edition in English, first impression, number 17 of 300 copies only, of leading medievalist Joseph Bédier's retelling of the chivalric romance set in Cornwall, Ireland, and Brittany. First published in French as Le roman de Tristan et Iseut (1900), it features the same beautiful and profuse art nouveau illustrations, by the German artist Robert... Learn More
    £900.00

    Stock Code: 145326

  6. 144728
    BLUNT, Wilfrid Scawen. The Love-Lyrics and Songs of Proteus.

    Hammersmith : 1892

    First 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

  7. 145266
    BORGES, Jorge Luis. Inquisiciones.

    Buenos Aires : 1925

    First 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

  8. Poems of Adoration.
    BRADLEY, Katharine, & Edith Cooper, as FIELD, Michael. Poems of Adoration.

    London & Edinburgh : [1912]

    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

  9. Villette.
    BRONTË, Charlotte, as Currer Bell. Villette.

    London : 1853

    First edition of Charlotte Brontë's third novel, the last to be published in her lifetime. Virginia Woolf praised this quasi-gothic romance as "her finest novel. All her force, and it is the more tremendous for being constricted, goes into the assertion, 'I love. I hate. I suffer.'" Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 125261

  10. The Shakespeare Head Brontë.
    BRONTË, Charlotte, Emily & Anne. The Shakespeare Head Brontë.

    Oxford : 1931

    Large 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

  11. 143390
    BRONTË, Emily. Un Amant.

    Paris : 1892

    First edition in French of Brontë's Wuthering Heights (1847), later renamed Les Hauts de Hurle-Vent. Scarce: Library Hub locates only one copy in the UK (BL), WorldCat adds a further four in France; we could trace only one in commercial records, a rebound copy which sold at auction in 2018.

    The first edition, published by Thomas Cautley Newby... Learn More
    £6,000.00

    Stock Code: 143390

  12. Poems.
    BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems.

    London : 1850

    First edition with the Sonnets from the Portuguese, handsomely bound with the original cloth preserved within, and both half-titles. EBB's Poems had first appeared in 1844, but this "New Edition" (the second overall) contains in the second volume the coveted and rare first appearance of Sonnets from the Portuguese, some of the most famous love poems... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 132112

  13. 145103
    BROWNING, Robert. Men and Women.

    London : 1855

    First edition, an exceptional fine set in the original cloth, of Browning's most enduring collection. Men and Women was Robert's "Sonnets from the Portuguese", being the first published after his marriage to fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett. It features many love poems, including "Love Among the Ruins", "Any Wife to Any Husband", "Love in a Life", "Life... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145103

  14. Me and Your Sometimes Love Poems.
    BUKOWSKI, Charles, & Linda King. Me and Your Sometimes Love Poems.

    Los Angeles : [1972]

    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

  15. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments, now entituled the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night
    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 : 1885-88

    First 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

  16. Hebrew Melodies
    BYRON, George Gordon Noel, Lord. Hebrew Melodies

    London : 1815, 1813, 1816, 1816

    First 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

  17. Breakfast at Tiffany's.
    CAPOTE, Truman. Breakfast at Tiffany's.

    New York : 1958

    First edition, first printing of Capote's classic novella, the basis for the much-loved film. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in rose-pink and black morocco leather, the front cover features a silhouetted Audrey Hepburn in that iconic Givenchy little black dress and foot long cigarette holder. Diamond embellishments on the jewellery make this luxurious... Learn More
    £2,750.00

    Stock Code: 134757

  18. 145168
    CASANOVA DE SEINGALT, Jacques - WEGENER, Gerda (illus.) Une aventure d'amour a Venise.

    Paris : 1927

    First 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

  19. The Memoirs.
    CASANOVA DI SEINGALT, Jacques. The Memoirs.

    London and New York : 1928

    A very handsome set of the memoirs of the great libertine, one of a stated edition of 330 unnumbered sets (other sets are known with an edition limitation of 660). The text uses the translation of the Welsh mystic and author Arthur Machen, first published in 1894, with an introductory essay by the pioneering sexologist Havelock Ellis, taken from his... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 138632

  20. 145272
    CLELAND, John. Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure.

    London : 1781

    Extremely rare early edition of Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill, "the first original English prose pornography, and the first to break away from the dialogue form into the style of the novel" (Foxon, Libertine Literature in England, 1660-1745).

    First published under the same imprint in an edition dated 1749, the imprint... Learn More
    £19,500.00

    Stock Code: 145272

  21. The Surprises of Love,
    CLELAND, John. The Surprises of Love,

    London : 1765

    First 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

  22. 144911
    CROSBY, Harry (his copy); Alphonse Daudet. Sapho.

    Paris : [c.1903]

    Harry Crosby's copy of Daudet's cautionary romantic novel warning against a life of overt debauchery, with Crosby's pencil and ink underlinings to 116 pages of the text, including many passages that play upon the symbolism of the sun and the power of lust and desire in a man's life.

    In addition to being bound for Crosby this copy has several... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 144911

  23. 144892comp
    CROSBY, Harry. Sonnets For Caresse.

    Paris : 7 October 1926

    The 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

  24. 145262
    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

  25. 145448comp
    DANTE ALIGHIERI; ROSSETTI, Dante Gabriel (trans.) [La Vita Nuova.] The New Life.

    London : [1916]

    First Evelyn Paul edition, UK issue, number 73 of 150 copies signed by the illustrator and bound in vellum. This beautiful production presents Rossetti's translation of his namesake Dante's immortal love sonnet sequence, with illustrations by Evelyn Paul (1883-1963), who was heavily influenced by Rossetti as an artist. This copy is in notably attractive... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 145448

  26. Poems. With Elegies on the Authors Death.
    DONNE, John. Poems. With Elegies on the Authors Death.

    London : 1633

    First 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

  27. 144907
    DRYDEN, John. Marriage A-la-Mode.

    London : 1673

    First edition of Dryden's Restoration comedy, first played the same year in London by the King's Company. The two separate, yet intertwined, story lines feature impossible loves, criss-crossed secret rendezvous, and misunderstandings.

    This copy has a distinguished provenance and bears, on the front pastedown, the book labels of three notable... Learn More
    £1,750.00

    Stock Code: 144907

  28. 145169
    FLAUBERT, Gustave. Madame Bovary.

    London : 1886

    First edition in English of Flaubert's masterpiece, a nice unrepaired copy in the attractively decorated cloth. The translator was Karl Marx's daughter, then living openly with Edward Bibbens Aveling, a married man whose name she used in conjunction with her own. Flaubert's debut novel was five years in the making, and originally serialised in the Revue... Learn More
    £4,750.00

    Stock Code: 145169

  29. 145559comp
    FLINT, William Russell. The Song of Songs which is Solomon's.

    London : 1909

    First Flint edition, number 465 of 500 copies on handmade paper (with a further 17 printed on vellum), one of few issued in the deluxe full vellum binding, and this copy additionally signed by the artist on the colophon. The Song of Solomon is certainly the most erotically charged passage of the Bible.

    Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969), was... Learn More
    £1,250.00

    Stock Code: 145559

  30. 145143
    FORD, Charles Henri, & Parker Tyler. The Young and Evil.

    Paris : 1933

    First trade edition, first printing, very scarce and a superb copy, of "the novel that beat the Beat Generation by a generation" (Gertrude Stein). The Young and Evil is considered the first modern novel to represent homosexual protagonists openly and unapologetically (as well as, more shockingly at the time, interracial sex), and surviving copies are... Learn More
    £5,750.00

    Stock Code: 145143

  31. Gay Roots.
    GAY SUNSHINE PRESS. Gay Roots.

    San Francisco : 1991-3

    First 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

  32. Straight Hearts' Delight.
    GAY SUNSHINE PRESS: GINSBERG, Allen, & Peter Orlovsky. Straight Hearts' Delight.

    San Francisco : 1980

    First edition, first printing, letter O of 26 specially bound copies signed by Ginsberg and Orlovsky. This is publisher and editor Winston Leyland's own copy of the deluxe issue, additionally signed by him on the title page, and with two unpublished autograph letters signed from Ginsberg to Leyland laid in. The first letter, dated 26 November 1982,... Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 123246

  33. Howl and other poems.
    GINSBERG, Allen. Howl and other poems.

    San Francisco : 1956

    First 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

  34. 145202comp
    GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS; F. L. LUCAS (trans.) Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.

    [London] : 1948

    First edition thus, copy 26 of 100 deluxe copies bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe and signed by the translator F. L. Lucas, from a total edition of 750 copies. This Golden Cockerel Press edition exhibits the ancient Greek poetic hymns to Aphrodite, goddess of love, with both the Greek text and Lucas's translation, alongside woodcut illustrations by Belgian... Learn More
    £2,250.00

    Stock Code: 145202

  35. 144365comp
    HADFIELD, John, ed. Georgian Love Songs, Restoration Love Songs, Elizabethan Love Songs.

    Preston, Herts : 1949-55

    A 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

  36. Far from the Madding Crowd.
    HARDY, Thomas. Far from the Madding Crowd.

    London : 1874

    First 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

  37. 145259
    HOUSMAN, A. E. A Shropshire Lad; Last Poems; More Poems.

    London : 1936-7

    A delightful sammelband of all A. E. Housman's verse, the three volumes finely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, and bringing together his two lifetime collections A Shropshire Lad (1896) and Last Poems (1922), as well as the posthumously published More Poems (1936) here in a second impression of the first edition. Clearly executed shortly after his death,... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 145259

  38. Les Misérables.
    HUGO, Victor. Les Misérables.

    London : 1862

    First authorized edition in English, preceded only by the American piracy in the same year, and considerably scarcer, with copies in publisher's cloth being particularly rare. Set against the backdrop of the political turmoil leading up to the 1832 June Rebellion, Hugo's vast tale articulates a sequence of love stories both romantic (between Marius... Learn More
    £20,000.00

    Stock Code: 132201

  39. 143273
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. Goodbye to Berlin.

    London : 1939

    First edition, first impression, an exceptional association copy, presented in the month of publication from the publisher John Lehmann (who is also the dedicatee of the book) to Roger Senhouse, Lytton Strachey's lover and the co-owner of Secker & Warburg publishing house.

    Senhouse's ink ownership inscription on the front free endpaper is dated... Learn More
    £6,750.00

    Stock Code: 143273

  40. A Single Man.
    ISHERWOOD, Christopher. A Single Man.

    London : 1980

    Signed limited edition, this an out-of-series copy from an edition of 400 copies signed by the author and printed on Barcham Green paper. The book was first published in 1964 and adapted into the 2009 film of the same name, directed by Tom Ford and starring Colin Firth. Learn More
    £1,500.00

    Stock Code: 112609

  41. 144868
    KEATS, John. Poems.

    London : 1905

    An exquisitely bound copy of Keats's beautifully illustrated poetry, with over 300 separate inlaid components, creating a remarkable arts and crafts design. The binding is signed by R., A. & D. McGregor Aird, a trio of brothers and professional binders working at the turn of the century, on the front dentelle.

    The McGregor Aird brothers held... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 144868

  42. Endymion: A Poetic Romance.
    KEATS, John. Endymion: A Poetic Romance.

    London : 1818

    First edition, very scarce first issue unrestored in original boards. Endymion was the second of only three lifetime publications by Keats, comprising his longest single sustained poem, famous for its opening line: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever". This copy has the first issue imprint to the verso of the half-title "Printed by T. Miller, Noble... Learn More
    £12,500.00

    Stock Code: 134729

  43. Les Liaisons Dangereuses,
    LACLOS, Choderlos de. Les Liaisons Dangereuses,

    Amsterdam & Paris : 1782

    First 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

  44. 144866
    LANG, Andrew. Aucassin & Nicolete.

    London : 1887

    First 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

  45. 144262comp
    LAWRENCE, D. H. Lady Chatterley's Lover.

    Florence : 1928

    First edition, number 757 of 1,000 copies signed by the author. Privately printed in Florence, the first edition prints the unexpurgated text, which was not published in the UK until 1960.

    "The publication (for subscribers) of the final version of Lady Chatterley's Lover - written in the astonishing time of just five weeks, in one of Lawrence's... Learn More
    £5,000.00

    Stock Code: 144262

  46. Grapefruit.
    LENNON, John - ONO, Yōko. Grapefruit.

    London : 1971

    First Sphere edition, first impression, signed by both Lennon and Ono on the front free endpaper. Copies of this title are known bearing the signatures of rock's best known couple but are by no means common.

    Ono's book blurred the lines between literature and conceptual art, and Lennon later stated that his song "Imagine" was derived from Yoko's... Learn More
    £4,500.00

    Stock Code: 144710

  47. The Song of Hiawatha.
    LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth. The Song of Hiawatha.

    Boston : 1855

    First US edition, first issue with textual errors. The Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow's epic poem of a Native American love story, is one of the most enduring productions of American Romanticism. The US edition was slightly preceded by the UK edition. Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 132509

  48. The Silence of Amor.
    MACLEOD, Fiona (pseud. William Sharp). The Silence of Amor.

    Edinburgh : 1896

    Offprint from From the Hills of Dream, inscribed pseudonymously by the author on the first blank, "To George Cotterell, Poet and Friend, In Christmas Greeting, from Fiona MacLeod". Sharp later dedicated Ecce Puella and Other Prose Imagining (1896), which he published under his real name, to Cotterell (1839-1898). Writer and editor William Sharp (1855-1905)... Learn More
    £1,000.00

    Stock Code: 126170

  49. 144863
    MARLOWE, Christopher, & George Chapman (trans.) Hero & Leander.

    London : 1909

    First edition thus, in an elegant Bumpus binding, number 10 of 500 copies imprinted at the Ballantyne Press, Edinburgh, from type designed by Joseph M. Dent, and published by him.

    This work presents Christopher Marlowe's 1598 rendering of the Greek romantic mythological legend of Hero and Leander with the contemporary continuation by poet and... Learn More
    £750.00

    Stock Code: 144863

  50. Miscellaneous Poems; [together with:] Advice to a Painter; [and:] Second Advice to the Painter.
    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

  51. Modern Love, and the Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads.
    MEREDITH, George. Modern Love, and the Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads.

    London : 1862

    First 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

  52. 145159comp
    MISHIMA, Yukio. The Sound of Waves.

    London : 1957

    First 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

  53. Primeros poemos de amor.
    NERUDA, Pablo. Primeros poemos de amor.

    Madrid : 1936

    First 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

  54. 144261comp
    O'HARA, Frank. Love Poems (Tentative Title).

    New York : 1965

    First edition, first printing, copy 9 of 20 signed and numbered copies inscribed by O'Hara on the limitation page, "9 Frank O'Hara 1965", from a total edition of 500. This collection contains many poems inspired by the poet's love for the young ballet dancer Vincent Warren, whom he met in 1959, including "Having a Coke With You". Learn More
    £3,750.00

    Stock Code: 144261

  55. 144589
    PATCHEN, Kenneth. The Love Poems.

    San Francisco : 1960

    First edition thus, first printing, 1 of 300 "Gift Edition" copies bound in cloth, of the Beat poet Kenneth Patchen's small selection of love poems. The Love Poems of Kenneth Patchen, number 13 in Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Pocket Poets Series, is uncommon in the deluxe binding.

    This collection includes poems selected from nine of Patchen's books... Learn More
    £675.00

    Stock Code: 144589

  56. Venusberg.
    POWELL, Anthony. Venusberg.

    London : 1932

    First 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

  57. Eugene Onéguine.
    PUSHKIN, Aleksandr. Eugene Onéguine.

    London : 1881

    First 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

  58. Tuberose and Meadowsweet.
    RAFFALOVICH, Marc-André. Tuberose and Meadowsweet.

    London : 1885

    First 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

  59. Die Sonette an Orpheus.
    RILKE, Rainer Maria. Die Sonette an Orpheus.

    Leipzig : 1923

    First edition, deluxe issue, number 7 of 100 copies specially bound, from a limited edition of 300 numbered copies printed on handmade paper by W. Drugulin. Die Sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets to Orpheus) is considered, along with the Duino Elegies, as Rilke's masterpiece. They were composed in what the author described as a "savage creative storm"... Learn More
    £3,250.00

    Stock Code: 101198

  60. La Faoniade: inni ed odi
    SAPPHO - IMPERIALE, Giovanni Vincenzo. La Faoniade: inni ed odi

    Crisopoli [Parma] : 1792

    First 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

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