New York: George Braziller, 1964. First trade edition of this powerful poem by Berry written in response to the horror of President John Kennedy's assassination. Shahn's images invoke the grief, pain, and darkness felt by the nation and the world. Bound in cream cloth with title in black on spine and front cover. Some discoloring and spots to cloth. Interior pages very good. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with titling in silver to cover. Unpaginated. POET/040220.
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Toronto: Cheshire Cat Press, 2019. Hardcover. Number 13 of 42 copies. Signed by Walker, Burstein, and printer Andy Malcolm. Quarto. This is the latest version of The Hunting of the Snark to be published by the Cheshire Press. Carroll's famous nonsense poem has been subject to numerous interpretations over time. In this truly snarky edition, Walker has chosen President Donald Trump and his White House cabinet and advisors for his 21st century lineup of the characters. He writes: "...I think they match up nicely to to the crew of the ship. When you read the poem and think of Trump's cabinet, it's hard not to see the parallels. The political arena in the USA could be described as nonsense, which is exactly the type of poem [this] is. The plot follows a crew of ten unqualified professionals trying to hunt the Snark with a blank map." Thus such familiar names as Scaramucci, Sessions, Priebus, Pence, Mnuchin, Bannon, Sanders and Trump himself appear in parts that reflect their real-life attributes and roles. Bound in grey textured cloth with leather title label to front cover and gilt title to spine. Printed in New Caledonia type on Velin BFK Rives paper. With thirteen engravings by Walker and "The Snark Map" in a sleeve affixed to front pastedown. Housed in slipcase covered in same cloth as book with gilt titling to cover and spine. In fine condition. 71 pages. PRI/011520. Fine.
Bethany, CT: The Bethany Press, 1971. Hardcover. One of 500 copies. Inscribed by the printer to fellow printer Roland Hoover.The poet Ugo Foscolo , born Niccolò Foscolo, was an Italian writer, revolutionary and a poet. He is especially remembered for his 1807 long poem Dei Sepolcri. Ippolito Pindemonte (1753-1828) was an Italian poet perhaps best remembered for his pre-Romantic lyrics. The poems in this volume are printed in both Italian and English. Bound in black paper boards with gilt titling to spine. In black and white pictorial dust jacket. Printed in Bodoni Book type on Curtis rag natural wove offset paper. In very good condition. 71 pages. Very Good.
Baltimore: Garamond/Pridemark Press, 1971. Hardcover. One of 500 copies, this being the printer's sample. Published to celebrate the poet's seventy-fifth birthday. Bound in decorative brown and cream cloth with title to front cover. Glassine cover. Printed in Fairfield on Curtis Tweedweave paper. The fragile glassine is creased and chipped. The book is in near fine condition. Unpaginated. Near Fine.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1893. One of 500 paper copies (10 were printed on vellum). This beautiful early production from the Kelmscott Press was described by Sydney Cockerell in 1898 as "one of the rarest books issued from the Press" because of its popularity [William Peterson bibliography]. The Foreword states that the poems are printed witht he original spelling and that the fact of being able to study these poems in the language in which they were written ought we think, to add materially to the pleasure of the reader. Bound in the original limp vellum with Shakespeares Poems in gilt on spine. Vellum still very clean with some creasing and curling to the front cover. The fragile ribbon ties are missing. The interior pages are in near fine condition. Each poem has a lovely title page with ornamental borders and ten line initial letters designed by William Morris. Printed in Golden type on Flower paper. Measures 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 216 pages. PRI/022420.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Hardcover. Includes the first appearance of Melville's poems "Chatanooga" on page 44, "Gettysburg" on page 209 and the conclusion of "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins on page 186. Also includes an eight page article about the little black dogs of Berkshire, an article on army life during the Civil War along the border, one on booksellers, one on the education of colored people in Louisiana, one on "High Days in a Virginian Village", another on the burning of Columbia, and much more. Bound in three quater brown leather with brown cloth boards and gilt title to spine. Minor wear to edges, corners, and hinges. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing. Rear hinge is cracked and text block is partially seperated from binding. Illustrated. 816 pages. PER/052220. Very Good.
Moscow: Emil Goozairow, n.d. Hardcover. Emil Goozairow is a Russian artist who paints and draws, produces movies, and creates exceptional handmade books that are printed on rare types of paper and published in limited editions. His techniques create unique designs that often are made with natural materials alone or in combination with relief decorations made from metal or poymeric clay. He creates books that he describes as "pop up," “kinetic carousel," “liporello” or “3D origami.” He also writes fairy tales, stories and mystical scenes. This striking book presents Poe's "The Raven" in both English and Russian. The book opens in an accordion structure with the text and illustrations printed in black and cascading down the accordion folds. With brown nubby fabric covers with a polymer clay ornament on each side. In fine condition. Measures 2 x 8 inches closed. Folded out accordion pages measure about 10 inches. ARTISTSB/022620. Fine.
Philadelphia and Baltimore: Fisher and Brother, (1861). Hardcover. A miniature book. Red cloth covered boards with heavily faded gilt title and decoration to front board. Soling to boards and wear to edges and corners. Crack to interior front hinge. Light soiling, occasional foxing, smudge marks, previous owner signature in pen, and occasional creases to corners. Includes 8 illustrations. Size: 3 x 2.25 inches. Still a cute book - and uncommon. 192 pages. REL/011020. Very Good.
Baltimore: The Hill Press, 1996. Hardcover. Number 35 of 41 copies and one of only ten bound in leather. Signed and numbered by printer Steve Heaver. This beautiful book from The Hill Press contains two of Edgar Allan Poe's best known works, the poem The Raven and the short story Berenice, which was first published in the Southern Literary Messenger in 1835 when Poe was only 24 years old. The introduction was written by David O. Tomlinson, an English professor at the United States Naval Academy. The two wood engravings are by Sandy Connors of The Honeybee Press. Bound in blind and gilt stamped brown leather with title on front cover. With typographic ornaments to endpapers and title page. Printed in Cloister Old Style types on dampened Velke Losiny paper. Bound at the Florentine Book Bindery. Following the text is a list of the book's subscribers and the colophon. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 9 inches. 27 pages. PRI/022020. Fine.
Philadelphia: P. Garrett and Co, 1881. Hardcover. A collection of: "Rare poetical gems, fine specimens of oratory, popular patriotic effusions, thrilling sentiment, impassioned eloquence, tender pathos, and sparkling humor. For the use of Lyceums, Temperance Societies, Anniversaries, Exhibition-Rooms, Church Sociables, and the Home Circle; also a Class-Book in Schools and Academies." Four volumes - each containing four parts - bound in green cloth with gilt titles to spines and front covers. Minor wear to edges of boards, hinges, and corners. Minor soiling to boards of some volumes. Previous owner has pasted in additional poems to the endpapers of some volumes and has also hand written notes and poems on some endpapers in pen. Occasional pen and pencil markings to margins and turned corners. Occasional tears to margins. Some volumes lack endpapers. Volume II lacks the front free endpaper, rear free endpaper, and title page. The textblock in this volume is detached, but in one piece. Occasional splits to interiors of bindings. Each of the four parts in each volume is paginated seperately. This was clearly a much loved collection of poetry. An attractive, readable set despite noted condition issues and fragility of volume II. Each volume is about 600 - 700 pages. POE/051320. Very Good.