London: Smith, Elder, 1864. Hardcover. First Edition of author's first book. The poet and minister Richard Watson Dixon (1833-1900) was a friend of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones from their days together at Oxford. He contributed to the Oxford and Cambridge magazine, and later became a friend and correspondent of Gerard Manley Hopkins. He dedicated this book to Burne-Jones. Bound in original red cloth with gilt title and author to spine. Fading to spine and to part of covers adjacent to spine otherwise in very good condition. Interior is clean and tight with light aging to page margins. A very nice copy, uncommon in this condition. 152 pages plus one page of ads. POETRY/082211. Very Good.
Oakland CA: Littoral Press, 2002. Hardcover. Number 6 of 125 copies. This is one of the ten copies from the Deluxe Edition that are signed on the colophon by sixteen of the seventeen contributors to this poetry and prose anthology (alas, not Frida Kahlo). They include Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Claribel Cone, Martha Gies, Robert Hass. Steve Hellman, Marie Howe, Frida Kahlo, Vickie Karp, Stephen Kessler, Rachel Loden, Jane Miller, Janell Moon, Sharon Olds, LIsa Rappoport, Mark Salerno, Joseph Stroud, and Gary Young. Rappoport writes that this book "is dedicated to those we love with a blazing passion, to those we hope will burn in hell, and ideally, to the future separation of the two." She has been a book artist for almost twenty years and her books can be found in many institutional collections. This beautiful accordion book is bound in red and black Thai Unryl reversible paper with a black title label to front cover. Printed with handset Garamond type on Johannot paper with black and blood-red ink. Each volume has unique pastepaper endpapers. With title page drawing of a heart in flames by Bobbe Besold. The book is 11 x 7 folded and 18 feet long unfolded. In fine condition. Unpaginated. [25 pages] PRI/030915. 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: 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: John Lane at the Bodley Head, 1895. Hardcover. First edition. 1 of 750 copies. Inscribed by Nesbit's cousin Paris Nesbit (1852-1927) in 1907. Paris Nesbit was a prominent Australian lawyer, judge, embezzeler, and general "character" of his time. He was committed to mental asylums at various times in his life. Edith Nesbit (1858-1924) was a prolific and popular writer in many genres. She is best known for her books about and for children, but she considered poetry as most important. She was also a follower of Willaim Morris and a founder of the Fabian Society. Bound in tan boards with gilt cover design by Laurence Housman, who also did the charming illustration for the title page. Very good with bumping to board corners and chipping to spine edges. Interior is clean with slight aging to margins of untrimmed pages. 88 pages plus 16 pages of ads. POE/030608. 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.
London: Ellis & Elvey, 1904. Hardcover. 7 of 30 numbered copies with the plates on Japanese vellum. 25 copies were for subscribers and 5 for presentation. A lovely set bound in full vellum. teg. Slight soiling to gilt on fore-edge of Volume II.Beautifully printed, with 18 full page illustrations and frontispieces from Rossetti's paintings and drawings. Each is protected by a tissue guard giving the name of the work. It was noted by bibliographer Colbeck that the poem "After the French Liberation of Italy" was being published for the first time. Vellum binding is in very good condition with just the lightest signs of handling. Gilt title and author to spine, and Rossetti's own design of his initials on front cover. Interior is pristine. Bookplate of Frederick William Brown affixed to each front pastedown. Original blue ribbon placemarks present. Housed in modern green cloth slipcase. Volume I: 227 pages; Volume II: 245 pages. PRERAPH/070910 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Fine.
Baltimore: Waverly Press, 1935. Hardcover. FIRST EDITION. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR. LIMITED EDITION #177 of 200 signed and numbered, and inscribed "To Dr. Norris" by Shapiro. Baltimore born Karl Shapiro (1913-200) was an important 20th century poet who achieved recognition early in his writing career. He won the Pulitzer Prize, was appointed the 5th Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1946, and was editor of Poetry magazine from 1948 to 1950. In burgundy cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine. Boards slightly soiled with some wear to spine. Minor chipping to foot of spine. Interior is clean and bright. In very good condition. 64 pages. POE/031004. Very Good.