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.
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London: William Heinemann, 2013. Hardcover. Laurence Binyon (1869-1943) was a prolific English poet and scholar of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, whose career spanned 50 years. During this time, he authored numerous poetry collections and plays, two historical biographies, and several art history volumes, including books on the works of Asian artists, English watercolorists, and William Blake’s drawings and engravings. He is perhaps best remembered for his World War I poem, “For the Fallen,” and his translation of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, which he translated in its original terza rima, a remarkable undertaking much admired by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, and other younger poets.[Poetry Foundation] This first edition of his poetry is accompanied by a charming tipped in handwritten letter dated December 2, 1913. He writes: "Dear Sir, I feel it an honour to comply with your request, & have written out a little poem from my just published volume [this work], which I hope may not be unsuitable for your purpose. I was particularly glad to get your letter because the reviews one gets in the newspapers are apt to make one feel that what has been written with all one's heart means nothing to the public; & besides I am much dissatisfied with my work & wish often I could make an entirely fresh start. To get a letter like yours is a reminder that there are people who prefer to encourage rather than discourage & that there are others besides the few I know for whom it is worth while printing what one writes. So it is I who thank you - Believe me Truly yours Laurence Binyon. P.S. I should have sent this at once but it is difficult to get a moment's leisure." The letter has offsetting on the front page but it clear and legible in Binyon's attractive handwriting. Bound in brown cloth with faded gilt titling to spine and front cover. The book has some darkening to the covers and light bumping. Interior pages are clean with offsetting and light foxing to the preliminary and rear free endpapers and title page. . Very good condition. Measures 5 x 7.25 inches. 97 pages. POET/051721. 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.
Upland CA: Blackbird Press, 2007 [Distributed in 2010]. Hardcover. Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed by the poet, the book artist, and the illustrator. A poem about the word and concept of "beauty", which is applied to a homoerotic experience witnessed in a machine shop. Writes Gillingwators, "When I first read B. H. Fairchild’s poetry collection The Art of the Lathe, I knew I wanted to publish the opening poem “Beauty” as a letterpress limited edition book. The poem has book characteristics–narrative structure and four, chapter-like divisions–and its visceral, lyrical appeal motivated me." Fairchild's poetry has been widely published and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. The Art of the Lathe was described in the LA Times as "a contemporary classic...finely crafted and perfectly pitched." The book artist continues: "I knew from the initial reading that my book edition would have metal covers, reminiscent of the corrugated-metal buildings that often house machine shops [where the poem takes place]. The making of the book took three years as the book artist and illlustrator learned how to make the tiny metal hinges for the book and how to age the thin aluminum used for the book covers. Each step required research, test trials, and practice. Printed with Centaur and Arrighi monotype on Zerkall Book paper, with linocuts by Alquitela. Housed in a grey clamshell box with title and author in red to spine. In fine condition. 7 x 11". Unpaginated. [11 pages] PRI/031715. Fine.
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.
London: Constable and Co Ltd, 1933. Hardcover. Author's Presentation Copy. First Edition. Inscription reads: "To the Revd H.M. MacLeod of Killearn, in remembrance of his sympathy and support during the dark hours of August 1st to 4th 1947. with the affectionate regards of Gordon Bottomley. Easter: 1948. Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948) was a notable figure known for his verse drama. He was greatly influenced by the Victorian romantics. In a beautiful dark red morocco binding by binder, E. Garrett with his stamped signature to the rear turn-in. Garrett was associated at the turn of the century with the Municipal School of Art. Hand stamped gilt title and author to spine and front board with raised bands to spine. Gilt rules, gilt chalice, gilt flowers, and embossed leaves to boards. Printed endpapers and full edges gilt. The binding is lovely despite the tooling being awkward in places. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing, which are most prevalent on first and last few pages. Black and white photographic frontispiece. 85 pages. DRA/011221. 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.
Francestown, NH: Marshall Jones Company, 1948. Rudd, Tracy Porter. Hardcover. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Green cloth boards with black and gilt title to spine and front panel. A few yellow speckles to boards, though they are clean overall. Very clean interior with tight binding. Tan illustrated dj with brown spine panel and beige title to spine. Several large closed tears to edges of dj and a few small open tears to spine panel. 101 pp. POE/081105. Very Good in Good dj.
New York: John Lane Company, 1918. Hardcover. Later edition. First published in 1915 the year Brooke died in Greece. Attractively bound in beautiful unsigned three quarter turquoise morocco over pastel marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and decorative gilt designs to compartments. Matching endpapers with top edge gilt. Minor sunning to spine, wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to boards. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and slight, uniform browning, but clean and bright overall. 168 pages. POE/011221. Very Good.
London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey and Co., 1887. Hardcover. Uncommon First Edition. T.E. Brown (1880-1897) was a poet, scholar, and theologian. He was born on the Isle of Man, and wrote his poetry in Manx English, a dialect formerly spoken on the Isle of Man. The dialect is derived from the Celtic as is Welsh. In the book, there are footnotes giving the English word for some of the dialect. Bound in the original brown patterned cloth, with gilt title to spine. Some rubbing and bumping to cloth but otherwise in very good minus condition. Front hinge is tender but the text is tightly bound and the interior pages are clean. Book plate of Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. 385 pages. POE/081309. Very Good -.
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, . Hardcover. A beautiful copy of Barrett Browning's romantic Victorian poems in an ornate publisher's design binding. The collection of her poems and sonnets, including her famed Sonnets From the Portuguese, appears to be comprehensive. With numerous black and white illustrations and vignettes throughout by Canadian artist Frederick Gordon. Bound in dark green cloth with elaborate gilt and silver designs on the spine and along the top and bottom edges of the front cover. In the middle of the cover is a framed silver label with "Mrs. Browning" in gilt. The binding is near fine with the slightest bumping to corners of covers. All edges gilt. Interior is clean and bright with gift inscription dated 1898 on free front endpaper. A wonderful gift for lovers of fine bindings and/or Victorian poetry. Near fine. Measures 5 x 7.5 inches. 528 pages. POET/031821. Near Fine.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [circa 1950]. Hardcover. A beautiful edition of Browning's famed romantic sonnets to her intended husband, Robert Browning. They are accompanied by b&w and color romantic and erotic illustrations by Willy Pogany. Bound in light red cloth with gilt titling to spine and cover, with gilt rosebud also on front cover. Light signs of handling. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Gift inscription dated 1957 on front free endpaper. Measures 7.5 x 10.25 inches. 93 pages. POETRY/010621. Near Fine.
London: Smith, Elder,and Co, 1880. Hardcover. First Edition. AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “Mrs Proctor, with RB’s affectionate regards June 27 ‘80.” Anne Proctor’s husband, the barrister and poet Bryan W. Proctor (who wrote under the pseudonym Barry Cornwall), was the dedicatee of Browning’s poem “Columbe’s Birthday” (1844). The Proctors were among the Brownings’ closest friends. Proctor and John Forster anonymously edited the first selection from Browning’s works in the 1860s. Near fine in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to edges and corners. There is browning from a paper clip to the top edge of the first few pages, else the interior is very clean. 147 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements. POE/020309. Near Fine.
London: Alexander Strahan, 1866. First Edition. Hardcover. Robert Buchanan (1841-1901) was a Scottish poet and playwright who struggled early in his career but later found success. He is remembered for his long and bitter feud against some of the major poets of his day - Rossetti, Morris, Swinburne - ignited by his 1871 essay titled "The Fleshly School of Poetry. Size - 12mo. In original green cloth with gold medallion in center of front cover and gilt title to spine. Cloth a bit bubbled, hinges starting, slight foxing at half title but otherwise a very good copy of the author's third book. Ownership book plates of bibliophiles Simon Nowell-Smith and C.J. Peacock on front paste down. Ownership signature dated 1866 on title page. 272 pages. POE/082104. Very Good.
New York: Bookman Associates, 1959. Hardcover. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Tall 8vo. Very Good in a Very Good, price-clipped dustjacket. Minor rubbing to dust jacket as well as 2 small closed tears to the top edge. SIGNED and inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf, dated 1960. Poetry. POE1/4112. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1970. Hardcover. A comprehensive compilation of more than 2,600 writings about Dickinson between 1850-1968. Bound in dark green cloth in bright pink dust jacket with title to spine. Very good in chipped, price clipped dust jacket. 322 pages. BOB/102016. Very Good / Very Good Minus.
Washington: New World Books, 1965. Hardcover. 8vo. Blue cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine Interior is clean and bright with frontis. White and blue illustrated dust jacket with red title to front and spine panels. Minor browning to spine and edges of jacket. 436 pp. Poetry. POE1/3122. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
London: Vernor, Hood, Sharpe et al, 1811. Hardcover. A beautiful copy of Butler's famous satirical poem, originally published in 1644. Bound in red leather with gilt decorations to both covers. Five compartments to spine with gilt ornaments and title and author. Slight bumping to corners and spine ends but very nice. Interior with gilt dentelles and marbled endpapers, occasional light foxing. In very good condition. 16mo. 386 pages including index. POE/120317. Very Good.
London: Printed by T. Bensley for Vernor and Hood et al, 1799. Hardcover. Hudibras is an English mock-heroic narrative poem from the 17th century written by Samuel Butler. Published in the aftermath of the English Civil War, it is a scathing satire of Puritanism and the Parliamentarian cause from a Royalist perspective. This later edition is enhanced by the annotations and preface by Zachary Grey, and the 16 engraved plates after Hogarth. Bound in handsome three quarter reddish brown leather with red and cream marbled endpapers. Light bumping and rubbing to leather but very good condition. The interior pages are heavily foxed throughout the two volumes although the text is still quite legible. Interior is only good+. Volume I: 434 pages; Volume: 446 pages plus index. POETRY/031721. Good +.
Newark, London and Toronto: University of Delaware Press and Associated University Press, 1981. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Minor bumping to head of spine. Residue from price sticker to front paste down. Else is clean and bright. Black illustrated dust jacket with white and gold title to front panel and gold title to spine panel. Wear to jacket includes chipping and creasing to edges and spine ends as well as a few small closed tears to edges. Minor foxing to rear panel. Index, 265 pages. Poetry. POET/070709. Near Fine in Good + DJ.
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1809. Hardcover. First Edition. Good plus in brown paper covered boards with leather spine titled in gilt. Front board is present but detached and rear board is nearly detached. The spine, hinges, and boards are heavily chipped and worn. Bookplate of David Bixler to front pastedown. Inscription on front free endpage and clipping about the author pasted down on verso of front free endpage, else interior is very clean. Printed on fine paper. A good candidate for rebinding. Quarto. 134 pages. POE/121812. Good Plus.
Boston: L.C. Page and Company, 1905. Hardcover. NUMBER 110 OF A LIMITED DELUXE EDITION OF 500 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR. Very good/Good+ 4to. Black, paper-covered boards with leather title-labels to spines. Top inch of paper spine of volume two is missing. Leather labels on both volumes rubbed and cracked and difficult to read. Else is very good with illustrated frontis in volume I. Light foxing to frontispiece and title page. Many unopened pages. Vol. I: 293 pages, VOL II: 292 pages. Poetry. POE1/2272 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.