[Toronto]: Biting Dog Press, 2005. Softcover. Number 59 of 65 copies. Signed and numbered by the printer and artist George Walker. A beautiful edition of one of Poe's most famous poems, illustrated with four striking black and white wood engravings by master engraver George Walker. Ms. Hogan-Walker's introduction describes the mysterious circumstances of Poe's death and the contemporary critical and popular reception of this powerful poem. Printed with Garamond type on lovely St. Armand handmade paper. Bound in grey paper covers with title and crow image on front cover. Housed in a handmade hinged wooden box with paper title label and flying crow image on top and George Walker's signature on paper label on bottom of box. In fine condition. Book measures 6.5 x 10 inches; Box is 7.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated [24 pages]. PRI/112618. Fine.
[Toronto]: Biting Dog Press, 2005. Softcover. Number 62 of 65 copies. Signed and numbered by the printer and artist George Walker. A beautiful edition of one of Poe's most famous poems, illustrated with four striking black and white wood engravings by master engraver George Walker. Ms. Hogan-Walker's introduction describes the mysterious circumstances of Poe's death and the contemporary critical and popular reception of this powerful poem. Printed with Garamond type on lovely St. Armand handmade paper. Bound in grey paper covers with title and crow image on front cover. Housed in a handmade hinged wooden box with paper title label and flying crow image on top and George Walker's signature on paper label on bottom of box. In fine condition. Book measures 6.5 x 10 inches; Box is 7.5 x 11 inches. Unpaginated [24 pages]. PRI/112618. Fine.
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, (1964). Paperback. 8vo. Second printing. Very good in olive green and white illustrated paper wrappers with white title to front wrapper and black title to spine. Creasing and rubbing to exterior. Light yellow stain to bottom edge of pages. Text remains clean and bright. 186 pages. POET/111618. Very Good.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, 2018. Hardcover. Number 21 of 50 hardcover books from an edition of 200 numbered copies. Printed as part of a new series of Occasional Essays and Poems by Anthony Burgess selected by Andrew Biswell, Director of the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. Each of the uniform series will have a contextual introduction, and in this first book that is by Dr Graham Foster, archivist at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. Originally published in 1991 as part of an alphabet book commissioned by David Hockney and Stephen Spender to raise money for Aids Crisis Trust, Burgess's Elegy for X combines his vast knowledge of languages and culture, his amusement in unusual vocabulary, and his playful wit. Printed in 14 and 16 point Baskerville type on Zerkall paper. Stephen Raw designed the calligraphic author's name that is used for both the series title and the title page. The linocut portrait of Burgess that forms the half-title is by John Watson. Bound in black paper over boards, with a black cloth spine. The display titling is silver ink. In fine condition. Unpaginated [5 pages +colophon]. In fine condition. PRI/092118. Fine.
Barcelona: Granja Grafica, 2014. Hardcover. Number 47 of 72 copies. An inventive work from Barcelona's Granja Grafica Press. The press was founded in 2008 by Elies Plana, a Catalan printer, and Gaby, an Argentinean graphic designer. Poe's poem, "The City in the Sea," first appeared in 1831 under the title "The Doomed City." In 1836 another version, "The City of Sin," was published in the Southern Literary Messenger." Not until 1845 was the poem published as "The City in the Sea." It has been called one of Poe's best poems. In this book the poem is printed both in English and Catalan. The translation is by Francesc Parcerisas, an important and prolific Catalan poet. The book is printed in an accordion structure that allows the pages to be turned conventionally or to be unfolded to show all of the pages with their striking original continuous linocut by Elies Plana of modern city rooftops. Done in black and white with various color skies. Signed and numbered by Plana. Verso pages have a geometric grey and white design that echoes the blue and green endpapers. Bound in grey paper covered boards with title and author in black to spine and front cover. Letterpress printed in Weiss, Italic and Helvetic type on Biblios, Guarro paper. Housed in black linen slipcase with grey ribbon pull. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/102518. Fine.
Washington DC: Associated Publishers, Inc., . Hardcover. Scarce first edition. Author Robert Kerlin (1866-1950) was a well known educator and liberal who was a prominent advocate for racial equality and supporter of civil rights. This and his previous book, The Voice of the Negro," were published during the Harlem Renaissance - the African-American intellectual, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York, spanning the 1920s. In his preface to this book Kerlin writes: "While...I have passed in review the poetry of the Negro up to and including Dunbar...strictly speaking this is a representation of new Negro voices, and anthology of present-day Negro verse, with biographical items and...critical comment." While there are well-known names such as Dunbar, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Langston Hughes, many of the poets featured are not. Bound in green cloth with gilt titling to spine and front cover. With bumping, rubbing and small chips to spine edges. The interior hinges are loose but the text block is still holding. A previous owner made a close study of this book, making extensive notes in pencil on the free endpapers and annotations in the margins of several poems. Ink ownership signature of another previous owner on front and rear pastedowns. With a number of black and white illustrations of the poets. Still a nice copy of this contemporary study of African-American poetry. 285 pages. AFRICANAMER/120518. Very Good -.
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.
New York: n.p., 1927. Hardcover. One of 245 copies privately printed for George A. Nelson as a Christmas keepsake. This George Nelson may be the American socialist who was the 1936 Socialist candidate for Vice-President of the United States, here reprinting a poem by famed British Socialist William Morris. Bound in blue paper boards with a white paper spine and title label affixed to front cover. In near fine condition. Housed in a white cardboard box with blue paper lid. Book measures 5 x 8 inches. Unpaginated [4 pages]. PRI/112918. Near Fine.
Newfoundland: walking bird press, 2018. One of 120 copies. Facades for Mark Rothko is a poem in eleven parts by writer, proprietor of the Barbarian Press, and some times actor Crispin Elsted, accompanied by a ‘Note About the Poem’ by the poet. The beautiful and densely layered poem creates a connection between the Rothko paintings seen by Crispin in the Tate Modern and his experiences in the outside world–a stile between fields, as he states in his notes. Rothko once described his paintings as facades, and the there are enigmatic illustrations representing his facades. TBound in lovely lightly gilt cloth with the title in relief on the cover. The text is hand-set in Van Dijck monotype cast by Michael and Winifred Bixler and printed on Zerkall Book Laid. Maple blocks for the monochrome "facades" were cut type-high by Ken Holden. Jerry Kelly penned the calligraphic title; Brian Roberts executed the covers and casing-in. Book design, letterpress printing, and stitching were completed by Tara Bryan, a proprietor of walking bird press. A recording of Crispin Elsted reading this and other poems comes with the book as a digital download. A CD is also being produced. Purchasers of the book can contact Tara Bryan for the download key for the digital download of Crispin's recording of the poem (www.tarabryan.com). Measures 8.50 x 12.25 inches.Includes prospectus. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/120318. Fine.
New York: James T. White adn Co, 1921. Hardcover. Lydia Avery Coonley (1845 - 1924) was a social leader, poet, and president of the Chicago Women's Club. She lost two of her six children in 1920 (the year before this book was published) and had problems with depression for the rest of her life. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Fading to gilt on spine. Minor wear to edges and corners. Light foxing to first and last few pages, else clean. Frontispiece of the author. A sweet collection of poetry. 166 pages. POE/102518. Very Good.