Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1915. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Limited to 500 numbered copies and SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 3/4 white cloth backed blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Charming illustration of a tree in gilt to front board. Minor browning to spine and to edges of boards. Minor browning to endpages, else interior is very clean. Tight binding. POE/102005. Very Good.
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Reid: Oberosterreichischer Landesverlag, circa 1950. Hardcover. Scarce. A somber book of poetry dedicated to "the people of my heart" who fell in World War II. The title translates to "Because I Love You. A Dead Task." Inscription in pencil to front free endpage "Gift from Pfarrer Reinold Simma Damüls / Bregeugewald Voraailberg (sp?) at the request of Frau Natalie Beer." Includes several illustrations. Very good in thin grey boards with gilt title to front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards. Clean with slight browning to margins of pages and edges of boards. Size Octavo. 65 pages. In German. GER1/2042. Very Good.
New York: The Co-operative Press, 1926. Paperback. A collection of poems in German inspired by America's national parks. Illustrated. Brown paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Minor wear to wrappers including a few spots of foxing and a few chips to edges. A few smudge marks to interior but clean overall. 64 pages. GER3/2222. Very Good.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1850. Hardcover. Presentation Copy from the author: "Rev. Derwent Coleridge with the Authors Compliments." English scholar and author Derwent Coleridge (1800 - 1883) was the son of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is an early work by William Cox Bennett (1820 - 1895), who wrote songs as well as poetry. He is best known for "Baby May," a sweet poem about his baby daughter, which appears in this collection. Bound in original navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed design to boards. Chipping to head of spine. Interior rear hinge is cracked and spine is rolled. Ex-library with a few stamps to interior. Clean overall. 262 pages. POE/011916. Very Good.
New York: George Braziller, 1964. First trade edition of this powerful poem by Berry written in response to the horror of President John Kennedy's assassination. Shahn's images invoke the grief, pain, and darkness felt by the nation and the world. Bound in cream cloth with title in black on spine and front cover. Some discoloring and spots to cloth. Interior pages very good. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with titling in silver to cover. Unpaginated. POET/040220.
Paris: Editions de la Sirene, 1923. Paperback. 1 of 200 numbered copies. Grey paper wrappers with black title to spine. Creases to spine. Minor and edgewear to exterior. Clean, bright interior with several illustrations. Includes poetry, essays, and more. 231 pages. In French. FRE/080608. Very Good.
Wien: R. Lowit Verlag, 1935. Hardcover. A book of poems in German translation from Israel's national poet Chajim Nachman Bialik (1873 - 1934). Third edition. Very good in blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Minor fading to edges of boards and spine. Minor browning to endpapers, else clean and bright. Photographic frontispiece. In light grey dust jacket with blue title to spine and front panels. Minor chipping and wear to edges of jacket. Minor browning to spine and edge of jacket. 193 pages. In German. GER909281. Very Good / Very Good.
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1985. Hardcover. One of 200 cloth trade copies. Inscribed on the title-page. "For Martin & Tracy / with all love on this / good day - in your / new space/ Joel Oppenheimer/ 2/22/86/ Swedesburg." Bound in the original quarter cloth with printed paper boards and dark blue paper title pastedown to spine. Top edge spotted, a few spots of foxing to covers, and small spot to front endpaper; otherwise very good in acetate jacket as issued. A few creases to acetate. 148 pages. POE/101316. Very Good.
Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1979. Hardcover. First Edition. Letter N of 26 copies hand-bound in boards, lettered and signed by the author. There were many copies issued in paper wrappers and also 200 hardcover copies signed by the author. "Rochelle Owens is the award-winning author of many controversial and innovative plays and a pioneer in the experimental off-Broadway movement" (last page, unnumbered). Bound in quarter decorated cloth with green paper boards and green paper title label to spine. Fine in acetate dust jacket. 152 pages. PRI/101416. Fine.
Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969. Hardcover. First Edition. Number 121 of 150 numbered copies in hardcover, signed by the author. There were also 300 signed copies issued in paper wrappers and 250 unsigned copies issued also in paper wrappers. Printed by Noel Young. Includes 17 poems. Bound in quarter patterned cloth and olive green paper covered boards with printed paper label on the spine and illustration on front cover. Clean and bright. Very fine in clear plastic dust jacket, with minor wear to edges of jacket. 33 pages. PRI/101416. Fine.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1889. Hardcover. First Edition of this book of Blunt's poetry dedicated to "the priests and peasantry of Ireland." He wrote the sonnets while in an Irish prison. for challenging laws intended to curb Irish unrest. Bound in green cloth with gilt title and author to spine and title on front cover. On the lower right of front board is an attractive gilt tree design. Some rubbling and bumping but still nice. Interior pages also in very good condition. With frontispiece portrait of Blunt protected by tissue guard. 63 pages. POE/080715. Very Good.
Cummington, MA: The Cummington Press, 1943. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. LIMITED EDITION. ONE OF 475 COPIES. Bright blue cloth covered boards with white title to spine. One small spot of soiling to front board. Blook plate of Virginia Weaver on front pastedown. Minor toning to margins. Slight musty smell. Else is clean and bright with many unopened pages. Beige dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Moderate wear to dust jacket includes heavy chipping, large portion of rear panel missing, as well as small spots of foxing and browning. Dust jacket housed in protective sleeve. Includes Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Weldon Kees, and William Carlos Williams. 93 pages. POE/102416. Near Fine / Good.
Monterey, CA: Peters Gate Press, 1969. Paperback. Number 12 of 50 copies. A collection of short but sweet poems, three lines each, conceived of (and tape recorded) while the author commuted between Annapolis and Baltimore. "LATE: Waking alien / Rebel to clock rut, I am / Reborn in lateness." Tan paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Minor foxing to edges of wrappers and to a few interior pages. Stapled binding. Size: 5.5 x 4.5 inches. POE/041619 (local author section). Very Good.
[Denver]: Alan Swallow, . Hardcover. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, dated May 21, 1958. Southern author's first book. Ex libris of the Author's Club with bookplate to front pastedown. In light green dust jacket with dark green title to spine and front panels. The jacket is somewhat soiled and rubbed, faded along the top edge of the front panel and the spine panel. 48 pages. POE/110316. Fine / Very Good.
Boston: David Godine, 2007. Hardcover. First edition of this lovely book about four of the most eminent poets of the past century. It is signed on the title page by artist Barry Moser, and specially signed by Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin under their portraits. Each poet profile is based on intimate personal interviews exploring the landscapes, lives, and artistic achievements of the four poets. Several poems are woven into each essay. The book is both designed and illustrated by famed wood engraver Barry Moser. He provides a sensitive full page portrait of each poet as well as charming spot illustrations. Bound in brown cloth with tan cloth spine with brown titling. In an illustrated dust jacket with titling in blue and red to cover and spine. Both the dust jacket and book are in fine condition. 90 pages. POET/071218. Fine / Fine.