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is housed in a wood insert, along with some pieces of promotional ephemera that include two letterpress broadsides of unpublished drunk poems signed by McCreesh, a ticket also signed, and a third unpublished broadside hand written and painted by the poet.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: Chiswick Press [Privately printed], 1888. Paperback. First Edition. Scarce. Presentation copy inscribed "To F. Coylestone with best wishes T. Ashe Feb. 1888." Thomas Ashe (1836-1889) was a minor English poet who was admired by some, including Michael Field, but his work was not popular with his generation. He has risen far enough to be included in many recent anthologies of mid-to late- Victorian verse. In original paper wrappers. Covers stained, creased on right corner, and chipped along edges. Hinges tender but text block is tight and clean. Very good condition. 84 pages. POE/102714. Very Good.
London: Elkin Mathews, 1891. Crane, Walter. Hardcover. Number 121 of 150 copies of the copies for America. 350 copies were published for England. This lovely and scarce volume is Crane's only book of poetry. It includes 39 black and white designs by Crane that were engraved by Emery Walker, W. Boutall, or Arthur Leverett. Bound by Putnam's & Sons in three quarter brown leather and cream paper boards, with Art Nouveau style gilt design and title to spine. Very light rubbing to joints and edges of covers otherwise very good. Some spotting to paper boards, including a very small red mark on back board. Interior text and illustrations are bright and clean except for some mild aging to some margins and the fore edge. White ribbon bookmark. Leather on interior pastedowns have left brown offset to ffep. t.e.g. Previous owners signature in ink, inscription by original owner and embossed owner stamp on ffep. These do not detract from the delightful contents. 163 pages +1 page ad. POE/043008.
Barcelona: Elies Plana, 2018. Hardcover. One of 50 regular copies from an edition of 72. The printer Elies Plana is a Barcelona based book artist and printer who has been working in the field for the last 15 years. After studying fine arts at the art school of Olot, he joined the workshop of his father, Miquel Plana. He learned the craft and the different techniques by helping and assisting his father in the production of over 100 fine books. He not only learned the love for the books but also for the craftsmanship involved in every stage of producing them. In 2008 he started his own projects that vary from editions book, prints and special commissions. He works with different techniques, from linocuts and woodcut to etching, and uses lead and wood types to print the texts. He has worked with different writers and poets, mainly related to the Catalan culture. This striking book is the result of a collaboration between Plana and a number of other contributors. The text is an unpublished poem written by Ateri Miawatl in the Nahuatl language of the Uto-Aztecan family, which originated in Mesoamerica and is spoken by 1.4 million people in central Mexico. It was translated into Spanish by Omar Gatica. Maria Merce Padrose and Miquel Colomer did the Catalan version and D. Sam Abrams the English version. The books design and layout were done by Gabriela Comba. The handsome yellow and black linocuts are by Francisco Villa. Printed on GravArt paper. Bound in bright yellow paper covered boards, with title in black with a design of the title's letters debossed around it. Black cloth spine with title in yellow. In fine condition. Measures 9 x 13 inches. Housed in a brown cardboard slipcase. Unpaginated [17 pages]. PRI/102518. Fine.
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.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2016. Number 2 of 12 copies in the special edition portfolio signed and numbered by the book artist. There were also 138 copies of the chapbook. This beautiful and complex work was inspired by the poetry of the Portland poet and seamstress Hazel Hall (1886-1924) and pays homage to her to writings and resilience. She survived either scarlet fever or a fall at the age of 12 and used a wheelchair for the rest of her short life. The poems are republished by permission from The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall. From the colophon: "The special edition portfolio is made of crinoline; it is machine sewn, hand-dyed in fustic, and pressure-printed with machine-stitched text from poems originally written by Hall and then pieced together by Anne Greenwood. The chapbook cover is machine-stitching on crinoline; the under print is pressure-printed, hand-stitched embroidery with pochoir and the book is hand-bound using the pamphlet stitch. The decorations are hand-stitched embroidery sigils by Greenwood and Shannon Ayuyu pressure printed on washi paper. The tapestry is made of crinoline hand-dyed in madder, fustic, cochineal and indigo, with hand stitching and pochoir. The applique: the moon is pressure-printed, found, hand-made doily, and the poem Loneliness is written by Hall and printed with a polymer plate. The machine-stitched texts are cut-ups of Hazel Hall’s poetry made by Shannon Ayuyu and Anne Greenwood. The printing is all by Clare Carpenter (2016) in Portland, Oregon." Anne Greenwood is a well-known artist who has exhibited widely and whose works can be found in museum and library collections around the country. She was born on the high Dakota Plains and was led to an art degree by her artist grandmother. In 1990 she moved to Portland, Oregon and began her career as an artist and horticulturalist. Anne’s artwork explores an interest in folk art and speaks of her kinship with the natural world and how this influences her connection to daily life. In 2002, Anne set up a textiles studio integrating handwork, book arts, and textiles into an interdisciplinary practice. From Anne's artist's statement: "My artistic practice navigates an infinite network of connections: narrating the simple and complex, physical and ephemeral, past and present, within the context of place, history, and transformation. I form relationships that expand and fortify admiration and reverence, leading to the discovery of new truths about the world around us." When the tapestry is folded the work measures 8 x 12.25 inches. In fine condition. ARTISTB/031819. Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, [1896-1897]. Six Leaves, pages 83-94, from "The Wanderers and March" in The Earthly Paradise that offer a wonderful example of the fine printing of the Kelmscott Press and the impressive poetry of Morris. Pages 83-90 are from "The Wanderers". Pages 91-94 are from "March", with the opening text , border decoration and ten-line decorated initial "S" of March. Other pages with four and six line decorated initials. Printed in black and red Golden type on Apple paper. In near fine condition. PRI/050216. Near Fine.
Chicago: Herbert S. Stone & Co, 1896. Hardcover. First American Edition. Tipped-in is a one page autograph letter on the author's printed stationary to the book's then owner, the author and book collector Thomas Hutchinson, on his own writing and books - an interesting autograph letter with good literary content. In maroon linen covered boards with highly decorated elaborate gilt Art Nouveau binding by Frank Hazenplug with gilt author and title stamp to spine. Minor bumping to corners and head/foot of spine, small smudge to design on front cover. Interior is clean and bright with decal edge to pages. Frontis photograph of Le Gallienne. Hutchinson's handwritten ownership signture on front pastedown. Very good condition. 201 pages. POE/121613. Very Good.
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 -.
Philadelphia: George R. Graham, 1843. Hardcover. Many first printings of Poe's stories, poems, and criticism first appeared in the periodicals, newspapers, and annuals of the time. Volumes 22 and 23 of Graham's Magazine include several first printings of his works. Volume XXII includes the first printing of his poem “The Conqueror Worm" on page 32, as well as the first printing of the criticism “Our Amateur Poets. No. I. – Flaccus [pen name of Dr. Thomas Ward],” on pages 195-198. Volume XXIII includes “Our Amateur Poets. No. III. – William Ellery Channing,” on pages 113-117, and “Our Contributors. No. VIII. – Fitz-Greene Halleck,” on pages 160-163. This volume also contains first printings of Poe’s reviews of the books Brief Account of the Discoveries and Results of the United States Exploring Expedition on pages 164-165, J. F. Cooper’s Wyandotte on pages 261-264, and Robert Tyler’s Death; or Medorus’ Dream, on pages 319-320 (unsigned but attributed to Poe by Mabbott and W. D. Hull). The volumes also include contributions from such major literary figures of the time as Longfellow, Cooper, Bryant, Lowell, and Dana. Both volumes are bound together in three-quarter red leather with brown marbled paper covered boards. Leather is faded, bumped and scraped, and paper boards are scuffed and chipped. First and last signatures pulling away but text block is otherwise tight. Intermittent browning and foxing but pages generally clear and legible. Each volume has a number of engravings that were moved from the original locations when the magazines were bound together into one book. Binder's ticket "Leander Brigham" affixed to front pastedown. Very good minus condition. Volume 22 has 368 pages; Volume 23 has 320 pages. LIT/011018. Very Good.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1904. Hardcover. First edition, large paper set, one of only 10 marked Presentation Copy and numbered with roman numerals, out of a total of 110 sets. This copy is numbered VI and stamped "presentation copy" with a penciled note stating that it was formerly in the library of Mrs. Mason, Theodore Watts-Dunton's sister. All volumes are bound in original black cloth with gilt titles to spine. Light rubbing to edges, boards, and hinges but overall very clean. Foxing and offsetting to endpages, else clean interiors. Several of the hinges are starting. Includes the last text revised by Swinburne and the first printing of the dedicatory epistle to Theodore Watts-Dunton. A nice set. Poetry. This set may require an extra shipping fee. POE/4113. Very Good.