Upland CA: Blackbird Press, 2007 [Distributed in 2010]. Hardcover. Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed by the poet, the book artist, and the illustrator. 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.
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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.
London: Henry J. Glaisher, 1909. Paperback. Inscribed: "To R.P.K., from D.J. F. March 19, 1912." Frontispiece portrait from a drawing by Dorothy Newill. Includes a poem inspired by Max Beerbohm's caricatures. Scarce volume by a minor but interesting modernist poet. Bound in original cream wraps. Title and author in red on front cover. Some soiling, chipping and small tears along spine. Foxing to endpapers. Very good condition. 48 pages. POE/061512. Very Good in Wraps.
London: Faber and Faber, . Advance proof copy (not designated a proof within book, but this is the proof binding). Winner of the National Book Award. This Advance English edition precedes the American edition. Bound in blue paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Lower right corner bumped, otherwise fine. 62 pages. POE/110416.
London: Burns & Oates, 1919. Hardcover. Scarce first edition of an anthology of verse by Lucas. 12mo. Bound in brown linen with title, author and ornament in gilt to front cover. Slight bumping and fading but very good. Interior pages also very good, with gift inscription on ffep and an annotation in red ink on page 17 noting that a line of verse could be a motto for a sundial. 34 pages plus 4 pages of praise of the writings of Lucas and Alice Meynell. Accompanied by five short ALs from Lucas. Four were written between June - December1904 to Mr. Shorter asking for information and also inquiring about the possibility of submitting verse to "The Sphere." This would be Clement Shorter, the journalist and author who founded "The Sphere" and later "The Tatler." The fifth was to a friend in 1922 to congratulate her on the birth of her baby. Collection also includes fair copies of a few of her poems. POE/090613. Very Good.
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: John W. Parker, 1856. Hardcover. First Edition. Author's presentation copy inscribed "John Brett with the kind regards of Coventry Patmore Sept. 24/1856. Brett, an associate of the Pre-Raphaelites did at least two portraits of Emily Andrews Patmore and one of Coventry Patmore himself. Coventry Patmore (1823-1896) was an English poet now best known for The Angel of the House, his narrative poem about the ideal happy marriage. This was published as volume II to The Angel, and In this work he eulogizes his deceased first wife, who inspired The Angel. With the book labels of collector Lafayette Butler and J.O. Edwards. Bound in original brown cloth with some bumping and chips to spine and spine label. Interior pages show some aging but still quite clean and legible. Very good condition. 182 pages. POE/071516. Very Good.
Oxford: T. Shrimpton and Son, 1880. Paperback. Newdigate Prize Poem. First Edition. The first publication by the poet, diplomat, and one-time friend of Oscar Wilde; Wilde wrote an unauthorized dedication to himself published in Rodd's 'Rose Leaf and Apple Leaf' (1882). Very good in blue paper wrappers with black title to front panel. Browning to edges of wrappers and a few chips to rear panel. Pencilled initials to front cover. The interior remains clean and bright. Housed in a fine light brown cloth box with gilt and black leather title label to spine. A very nice copy of this fragile and uncommon work. 18 pages. POE/051710. 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: Reeves and Turner, 1881. Hardcover. First Edition. Large paper issue. James Thomson (1834-1882) had a difficult life, and spent his last decade struggling with alcoholism, depression, and insomnia. It was during this period that he wrote his most famous work, the long poem "The City of Dreadful Night." The publisher includes eight pages of reviews of this work at the end of this volume. Bound in the original dark blue cloth with title and author in gilt to spine. A small stamp on the half title "Dominican Fathers Edinburgh. A near fine copy of this scarce work. 184 pages. POE/052213. Near Fine.