West Chester, PS: Aralia Press, 2008. Softcover. One of 100 copies. A small collection of sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant poems about the life of a single man seeking a relationship. Bound in stiff brown paper wrappers with title label on front cover. Printed in Bembo type on Frankfurt Cream Paper. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated (6 text pages). PRI/053020. Fine.
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Paris: Chez Tous les Marchands de Nouveautes, 1854. Hardcover. Includes poems in French. Red cloth boards with gilt and leather label to spine. Wear to spine ends and corners including a half inch tear to the head of the spine. Foxing throughout. Frontispiece. Full gilt edges. A thin, smallish book. 179 pages. FRE/061820. Very Good.
Portland, OR: Anne Greenwood, 2016. Softcover. One of 138 copies. Book artist Anne Greenwood celebrated the life and poetry of Hazel Hall (1886-1924) in a special edition portfolio n with the same title, limited to twelve copies. The portfolio and this chapbook republish Hall's Needlework Poems. This chapbook is laser printed and handbound. The chapbook cover art Tapestry of Hours is the republished Needlework Poems by Hazel Hall, made in an edition of one hundred and thirty-eight laser printed and hand-bound. The cover art is machine sticking in crinoline: the under print is pressure printed, hand=stitched embroidery with pochoir. In fine condition. Measures 6 x 10 inches. 22 pages. PRI/053020. Fine.
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.
n.p. . A sweet collection of sentimental and aspirational poetry neatly handwritten into a commercial lined notebook by a seemingly young woman named G.E. Merine and dated June 2, 1926 on the free front endpaper. It appears that some of the poems might by original, while others are identified as being written by such figures as Kilmer, Longfellow, Kipling, Byron, and Hardy. In maroon cloth covers with missing spine and bumping and soiling. Interior pages are very good. Inserted into the notebook are additional loose sheets with poems written on them. Very good. Measures 7 x 8.5 inches. Unpaginated [40 pages with writing the remainder blank] HANDWRITTEN/061220. Very Good.
New York: Lustrum Press, 1984. Softcover. Duane Michals is a well known American photographer. This is an evocative collection of brief poems with luminous black and white photographs to accompany the text. Bound in white glossy paper covers with titling to spine and photo and title on front cover. Light soiling to covers and curling to top edge of front cover. Interior is pristine. Measures 6 x 8.25 inches. 63 pages. POE/053020. Very Good.
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.