New York: Blelock & Co, 1866. Hardcover. A collection of poetry written during the Civil War in the South, most addressing the war itself, death, and living conditions. Dedicated to the women of Richmond. Many authors are anonymous. Named authors include John R. Thompson, S. Teackle Wallis, James R. Randall, Harry Flash, Col. W.S. Hawkins, Henry Timrod, Frank Ticknor, Frank Key Howard, and more. Original blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine an gilt device to front cover. Chipping to cloth on spine ends and corners. Minor wear to edges of boards. A few spots of soiling to covers. Clean interior overall with occasional spots of soiling and occasional smudge marks. 153 pages. POE/021919. Very Good.
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Baltimore: Gilman School, 1971. Paperback. First Edition. Signed by the author. Written during his sabbatical, this book tries to capture the mind and heart of the college student. The author, a teacher and counselor at Gilman School, travelled across the U.S. to about 30 college campuses and interviewed only people age 25 or younger in order to compile the passages in this book which address topics such as parenting, the decline of frivolity, resegregation on campus, war, sex, drugs, clothes, hair, and more. An interesting look into 70s college life. Blue paper wrapperes with black title to front cover. Side-stapled. Minor wear / light soiling to covers. 137 pages. BALT/021419. Very Good.
Chicago: The John C. Winston Company, 1934. Hardcover. Scarce in dust jacket. Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Foxing and light browning to first / last pages and margins. Previous ownership marking to front free endpaper. Charming color illustrations by Pogany (with foxing to margins). In white dust jacket with pink and black floral decoration, titled in black to spine and front panels. Chipping, soiling, and wear to jacket including loss to rear panel. Rear flap of jacket is present but detached from rear panel. 504 pages. CHILD/122418. Very Good / Good.
Portland, ME: Falmouth Publishing House, 1950. Hardcover. Inscribed to Eileen from the author on the dedication page. "Here are poems of nature, songs of the sea, the seasons, the meadows, which have a refreshing simplicity and spontaneity" (jacket). Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Small dampstain to rear cover. In green and white dust jacket with green title spine panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket including some closed tears. Foxing to interior of jacket and flaps. Clean interior with minor foxing to endpapers. 72 pages. POE/122018. Very Good / Very Good.
Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. This is a beautiful original leaf from the magnificent The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer issued by the Kelmscott Press. It is considered a landmark in the history of printing. This disbound leaf is the first page of text for "The Hous of Fame Liber Tercius - the Invocation". Chaucer’s 'House of Fame' is a surreal account of a dream in which the poet visits the palace where Fame herself sits in state. Chaucer’s tour-guide to this strange corner of the medieval universe is a comically garrulous eagle, and there is even time for the pair to stop by the House of Rumour. This page has a splendid illustration by Edward Burne-Jones, who provided the designs for the 87 wood-engravings that illustrate the book. It shows the poet wandering among the ice that have the names of famous people inscribed - but he cannot read them because all but a few letters have thawed and disappeared (fleeting fame...). The illustration is enclosed in a beautiful ornamental border designed by William Morris. There is also an ornate 16-liine opening initial and a six-line initial on the front page. The other side of the page has double column text with ten three-line initials. Printed in Chaucer type on Perch paper. In near fine condition save for pinholes along the left margin from binding, a few light spots of foxing, and two faint tape marks to the top margin of the verso. 11 x 17 inches. PRI/011519. Near Fine.
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1877. Hardcover. 12mo. Green cloth covered boards with gilt decoration and title to front board and to spine. Minor browning to spine and edges. Chipping and bumping to spine ends and minor bumping to corners. Child's pencil writing to front free end page. Previous owner's name in pencil to front paste down and end page. Foxing throughout though text remains bright. Previous owner's name in pen to title page. Crack to interior hinges though binding remains tight. Spine rolled. Else is clean and bright with illustrations thoughout. 92 pages. POET/020519. Very Good.
Chicago: The Reilly and Britton Co, 1907. Hardcover. Includes poems by Matthew Arnold, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, Victor Hugo, Lytton, Longfellow, Wordsworth, and many more. Light green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Illustration pasted down to front cover. Clean interior overall with occasional spots of foxing. Eight color illustrations. Decorative borders around each poem. Includes top lid of the original box, which is heavily worn along the edges and has minor staining to the front panel. Unopened pages. 210 pages. An attractive book and a perfect Valentine's Day gift! POE/021919. Very Good.
New York: Exposition Press, (1954). First Edition. Hardcover. SCARCE. FIRST EDITION INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Grey cloth covered boards with blue title to spine. Light yellowing to interior. Slight musty smell. Inscription to front free end page. White and blue dust jacket with blue title to spine and white title to front panel. Minor foxing, edgewear, and browning to dust jacket. 94 pages. POE/021819. Very Good / Very Good.
Derby: Henry Mozley and Sons, 1840. Hardcover. Fourth Edition. A cute edition of this poetry collection. Bound in full black leather boards with gilt title to spine and embossed devices. Several scuff marks to boards and minor wear to edges. Gift inscription in pen dated 1907 to front endpaper. Notation in red crayon to verso of errata slip. Occasional spots of soiling to interior and creasing to some pages, but clean overall. 243 pages plus index. Size: 5.5 x 3.75 inches. POE/013118. Very Good.
Edinburgh: A. Kincaid and W. Creech and J. Balfour, 1773. Hardcover. Volumes 19, 20, and 21. Only three volumes from the larger British Poets series; however, this is the complete works of Alexander Pope. All volumes are bound in matching full tan leather with red and green title and author labels to spines. Gilt decoration to spines and gilt rules to edges of boards. Slight bowing to boards of some volumes. Minor chipping to leather on spines and minor wear to edges of boards. Minor rubbing to boards and small dampstain to front corner of third volume. Browning to margins of early and late page of all volumes (due to offsetting from leather turn-ins). Antiquated previous ownership signature to front endpapers. An attractive set despite the noted wear. Size: about 6 x 3.5 inches. This set may require an extra shipping fee. POE/013118. Very Good.
London: Printed by W. Bowyer for Bernard Lintot, 1717. Hardcover. Alexander Pope (1688-1744) was a major 18th century English poet most famous for his satirical verse, including "The Rape of the Lock," "Essay on Criticism," and "Dunciad." This collection, precociously published when he was just 29, helped to secure his fame. This copy has an interesting provenance, having first belonged to the famed American poet and editor William Cullen Bryant and then the noted collector Walker Thomas Wallace of New Jersey. Mr. Wallace's important collection of books, including this volume, was sold at auction in March 1920. The auction record states: "First edition. The famous 'Eloisa to Abelard,' and 'Verses to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady' appear here for the first time. This was William Cullen Bryant's copy and of peculiar associate interest evidently much read and appreciated by him, who has on the half title inscribed in his own hand "from the Rev'd William Ware to Wm. C. Bryant 1836," and again on the fly-leaf the name of his wife "Frances F. Bryant 1836.' After the imprint he has noted, 'Pope's 29th year,' and in numerous places underscored passages, notably in the Preface, a paragraph on 'Reputation' and further on regarding 'ill-will.' He again notes on the title of the 'Temple of Fame,' written in the year 1711 - 'When Pope was 22 years old."' There are pencil notes written and initialed by Wallace on the free endpaper with text from the auction record and adding that he compared the writing with "numerous specimens from my library." Bound in contemporary leather, which the 1920 auction record describes as broken and rubbed. In fact, the front and rear boards are detached and the leather is quite worn. Interior pages have aging and spotting throughout. The frontis fold-out engraved portrait of Pope is in very good condition with a light tear, some chipping along margin, and some creasing to corners. Bookplates of Walker Thomas Wallace and Franklin Johnston affixed to front pastedown. A desirable copy of this collection of Pope's works despite its flaws with its noted important associations. 408 pages. POET/021419. Good +.
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 adn Louise Cheney Gesner to front pastedown. 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.
New York: Arundel Printing and Publishing Company, circa 1881. Hardcover. Bound in the original red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Large chip to book cloth on spine. Wear to edges and corners of boards with chipping to book cloth along spine ends. Roll to spine. Loose binding with several large splits - but still a good reading copy. Includes illustrations. Minor dampstaining to some margins and corners. Previous owner inscription in pen dated 1881 to front endpaper. Old price stamp in black to front endpaper. A charming book despite noted wear. 128 pages. POE/122818. Good Plus.
New Jersey: Turtle Light Press, 2010. Softcover. The poet writes: "I worked in Israel for six years including three years as a reporter for The New York Times. But I never felt like I was able to capture the essence of the country...in my reportage. Upon my return to the U.S. I rediscovered haiku and realized that I had stumbled upon a form that I could use to write about Israel in a way that I always wanted." The result is this lovely small book with verse that captures the contradictions and paradoxes of life in Israel. Done in a dos a dos structure with one side for Peace and the other for War. Bound in black paper covers with white title label on one side. This third edition was printed and produced by Laserwave Inc. in New Brunswick, NJ. In fine condition. 32 pages. POET/013119. Fine.