[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.
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.
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 -.
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.
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.
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.