Oregon: Artistically Declined Press, 2013. Hardcover. One of 20 copies signed by the poet, Hosho McCreesh who describes himself as a drunken poet. From reviews: "In the footsteps of Charles Bukowski comes Hosho McCreesh’s magnum opus of drunk poetry. Mammoth in size and scope, A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst is unlike any of McCreesh’s previous collections. Because writing and drinking go hand in hand, it may seem an impossible challenge for a poet to offer new perspective of this well-worn, symbiotic relationship. But McCreesh does, and in this brilliant collection he uses subject matter that might feel old and tired in the hands of a less capable poet and turns out exciting and irresistible poems. A perfect elegy to the illusions and delusions of alcohol." This is from the edition of 20 described by the press as "The DrunkSkull Flask Clamshell." It includes a handmade hardback book housed in a clamshell box custom-made by Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press. Hidden within the clamshell is the coup de grace - an 8 ounce black flask, engraved with the book's DrunkSkull logo, which is housed in a wood insert, along with some pieces of promotional ephemera that include two letterpress broadsides of unpublished drunk poems signed by McCreesh, a ticket also signed, and a third unpublished broadside hand written and painted by the poet. Hidden under the flash is a patch, a sticker, and a removeable tattoo - all featuring the DrunkSkull logo. The text of the book is printed offset and is bound in grey paper boards with black spine label and skull logo on the front cover. On the back cover is printed: "glister like remnant embers of all you've burned away in your mad and drunken joy." The clamshell box has a black cloth spine and grey paper covering the front and rear panels. The front panel features a reproduction of the book's cover and the spine panel has a matching grey paper title label. Box is 10 x 7 x 3 inches. In fine condition. 359 pages plus acknowledgments and colophon. ARTISTSBOOK/042016. Fine.
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London: Cassell and Co., and John Lane The Bodley Head, 1934. Hardcover. First Edition. An interesting and unusual presentation copy from the editor to Clementine Churchill, wife of Winston: "To Mrs. Churchill, these poems from the day when Fanny's First Play was written; and in memory of the pleasure of seeing it in her company. August 11, 1935 Desmond Flower." The inscription makes reference to Fanny's First Play, written anonymously in 1911 by G. Bernard Shaw. Desmond Flower (1907-1997) was a publisher, collector, and writer. He joined his father's publishing house, Cassell, and remained there until it was sold in 1966 following his father's death. Cassell's was the publisher for many major writers, but Flower's most important writer was Winston Churchill, editing and publishing his History of English Speaking People and the History of the Second World War. Bound in publisher's original green cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. Binding and text in near fine condition. In original dust jacket which is torn and tattered, and now protected by a mylar cover. 297 pages. POE/052913. Near Fine / Chipped and Torn.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1945. Hardcover. PRESENTATION COPY signed by the author “to Gay Dallman, with the good wishes of Langston Hughes New York, July 12, 1947.” Elaine Gay Dallman was a poet, bibliophile, and socialite in San Francisco. This is a nice copy of the second printing. Very good in black cloth with orange cloth spine and purple title to front board and spine. Slight fading to spine and bumping to bottom corners. In a very good price clipped dust jacket with green spine panel and black title to spine. The jacket is worn along the edges including a chip to the head of the spine and a short closed tear. There is also a scuffmark to the front panel and the interior of the front flap has light dampstaining. There is no evidence of dampstaining to the boards or to the exterior of the jacket. 125 pages. POE/04291. Very Good in Very Good Dust Jacket.
Minneapolis: Indulgence Press, 2007. Hardcover. 1 of 26 deluxe lettered copies. This is Letter W. Signed by author and book artist. This book contains 31 previously unpublished poems by the highly regarded poet Michael Dennis Browne. The poems are short and intended to elicit larger thoughts by the reader. Inspired by his love of music, Schilling designed the book to create a meditative environment through the placement of poems and photographs on the page. The book structure acts as a composition around the lines of text to float the poems along the way. The deluxe edition of 26 copies is printed by letterpress in Reykjavik and Philosophia type on MacGregor & Vinzani handmade paper. The pages are French folded and include cyanotype photographic prints; they are sewn with exposed cords laced into red oak boards. The book is housed in a clamshell box bound with blue goatskin and indigo dyed handmade paper. In fine condition. 60 pages. PRI/111512. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Kelmscott Press leaves, pages 3-14, from The Earthly Paradise. Page three has the last lines from "September." Pages 4-14 are the first few pages of "The Death of Paris." They include the two-page title and first page of the work with the beautiful borders done by Morris and a ten-line decorated initial letter "I." There is also a six-line initial. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. A lovely example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of William Morris. In near fine condition. MOR/060216. Near Fine.
Edinburgh and London: T.N. Foulis, 1908. Hardcover. Scarce First Edition. 1 of 500 copies. William Sharp (1855 - 1905) wrote numerous essays and biographies (including of Rossetti, Shelley, and Browning), although he is best known for the novels and plays that he wrote under the pseudonym "Fiona Macleod." This is a presentation copy, inscribed: "To Alice Egerton with friendly greetings from the author's wife Elizabeth, October 1919, 'It is loveliness I seek: not lovely things.' F.M'" Laid in is a program for the performance of the play at the Village Hall Chislehurst, Saturday June 29. Bound in original linen backed brown paper boards with spine label and title and author in gilt on front cover. Boards are bumped and slightly soiled but still very nice. Offsetting to endpapers otherwise in very good condition. 53 pages. DRA/061313. Very Good.
London: Remington & Co., 1879. Hardcover. First Edition. This was Moore's second publication, and apart from a broadside of which only one copy is known, this is by far the rarest of his books. No copy has appeared at auction in the past decade. George Moore (1852-1933) was an Irish novelist, poet, critic, and dramatist who is often regarded as the first great modern Irish novelist. This play was done in collaboration with French dramatist Bernard Lopez, who had ignited Moore's interest in drama when they were fellow residents at the Hotel de Russie in Paris. Moore made the suggestion to collaborate after the failure of his first work, Flowers of Passion. The result was this, a five act verse tragedy that was never produced. It was considered at the time almost unreadable because of its poor verse and wooden characters. In later years Moore had very little regard for this early effort and never considered its reissue in any of the collected editions of his work. Bound in original blindstamped black cloth with gilt title and authors to front cover and title to spine. In Edwin Gilcher's bibliography of Moore he describes this as the "Theater (?) impression, slightly larger in size, repaged and without prefatory matter presumably...issued to send to theater managers in an effort to secure a production." Corners lightly bumped and small piece missing from top on spine. Interior pages are very nice. Ownership signature of Henry Knight on title page and bookplate of Rosita de Texada. In very good condition. Housed in a green silk folding case. 139 pages. DRA/080315. Very Good.
London: Alexander Moring Ltd, 1904. Hardcover. From the illustrious Waugh family, with the bookplate of Evelyn and Alec's father, Arthur. The name "Alec Waugh, Xmas 1916" is written in pencil on a free front end page, so it is unclear who owned the book when. Bound in red cloth with the title embossed. Spine has title and author in gilt. In very nice condition except for some light fraying to spine ends and barely bumped boards. Interior pages show some browning from age and darker spots on the fore-edge. Tear to top right margin to pages 201-204, pages 201-202 missing the piece torn. Text not affected. 255 pages. MOR/070710. Near Fine.
London: William Rider & Son, 1899. Hard Cover. First Edition. Inscribed by the author "L. Gesner from J.C.P." on the front free endpaper. Bookplate of Herbert Mortimer and Louise Cheney Gesner to front pastedown. John Cowper Powys (1872-1963) was an eminent English novelist, poet, critic, and philosopher. This early work was his second published book. In original cream paper covered boards with an elaborate gilt design by Gleeson White. The spine is browned and worn. Minor wear and browning to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Interior pages have some aging to edges, an occasional pencil mark, and a pencil comment regarding one poem. 123 pages. Very good condition. POE/122018. Very Good.
London: Stangeways and Walden, . First edition. A unique and most interesting offering - a scarce privately printed book accompanied by only recently published handwritten letters from Rossetti's brother, William Michael (the texts of the letters were published for the first time in "Notes and Queries," Oxford University Press, in January 17, 2011). This is a privately printed edition of a story that had first appeared in The Germ in 1850. Dante Gabriel Rossetti originally intended to include this prose story in his volume of verse, but decided not to following the recovery of his poetical manuscript notebook from the grave of his wife, Elizabeth Siddal. This short story offers a manifesto for the Aesthetic and Decadent movements. It tells the tale of a fictional Renaissance poet who realizes that the artist's only duty is to express what is in his soul. This pamphlet is an offprint from the typesetting found in proofs produced between October 30 and November 25 1869. William Rossetti notes when his brother excluded the story from his published verse he had various copies of Hand and Soul done up in drab wrappers, and that he gave some away but never sold them. Both Thomas Wise and Charles Fairfax Murray state, without citing any authority, that one hundred copies were printed. About thirty can now be accounted for. All but a handful are in institutional collections, most deriving from a cache discovered by William after Dante Gabriel's death in 1882. William Michael Rossetti sent this copy to an admirer of his family, Louisa Douglas Summerbell. She was an artist and illuminator much influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites. Rossetti has inscribed the book "To Miss L. Douglas Summerbell with the friendly regards of Wm. Rossetti June 1896." Written above this in William's hand is a six-line explanation of the pamphlet's publishing history. Bound in are five important signed autograph letters, seventeen pages in all, from William Rossetti to Miss Summerbell, written between 1896 and 1906, in which he discusses at length the writings of Dante Gabriel, Christina and himself. In original buff printed wrappers that Summerbell had neatly sewn into limp green cloth along with the letters and laid into a beautiful 19th-century handmade leather case showing some rubbing. On the preliminary leaf of the cloth bound book is a note that it had passed to her friend, Ruth Johnston. From the celebrated poetry collection of Gerald N. Wachs and included in an exhibition of his collection at the Grolier Club in 1995. Pamphlet in very good collection bound into near fine cloth book. Housed in a green cloth covered clamshell box with black and gilt title label to spine. Near Fine.
self published (Archibald Rutledge), 1938. Paperback. Scarce. Signed by the author on title page. American poet, Archibald Rutledge (1883 - 1973) was the first poet laureate from South Carolina. He wrote over 50 books and numerous poems, mostly about his life and experiences in South Carolina. Bound in the original brown suede flexible covers with black title to front cover. Stapled binding. Minor chipping to edges of covers and creasing to top corners. Clean and bright. 39 pages. POE/081717. Very Good.