Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number ? of 36 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. The book was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday. The book artist writes: "The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman’s words, but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman." Her evocative work is done as a box that opens like a traditional book. The inside front cover and back cover are covered with cream paper that includes quotes from Whitman along with his image. The inside of the box/book are several spiky rows of grass leaves crafted from green paper. The box is covered with green paper with the title, author and press name in a lighter shad of green. In fine condition. Measures 5.25 x 7.25 inches. ARTISTB/122319. Fine.
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London: Constable and Co Ltd, 1933. Hardcover. Author's Presentation Copy. First Edition. Inscription reads: "To the Revd H.M. MacLeod of Killearn, in remembrance of his sympathy and support during the dark hours of August 1st to 4th 1947. with the affectionate regards of Gordon Bottomley. Easter: 1948. Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948) was a notable figure known for his verse drama. He was greatly influenced by the Victorian romantics. In a beautiful dark red morocco binding by binder, E. Garrett with his stamped signature to the rear turn-in. Garrett was associated at the turn of the century with the Municipal School of Art. Hand stamped gilt title and author to spine and front board with raised bands to spine. Gilt rules, gilt chalice, gilt flowers, and embossed leaves to boards. Printed endpapers and full edges gilt. The binding is lovely despite the tooling being awkward in places. The interior is clean overall with occasional spots of foxing, which are most prevalent on first and last few pages. Black and white photographic frontispiece. 85 pages. DRA/011221. Very Good.
New York: John Lane Company, 1918. Hardcover. Later edition. First published in 1915 the year Brooke died in Greece. Attractively bound in beautiful unsigned three quarter turquoise morocco over pastel marbled paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and decorative gilt designs to compartments. Matching endpapers with top edge gilt. Minor sunning to spine, wear to edges and corners, and minor rubbing to boards. Occasional spots of foxing to interior and slight, uniform browning, but clean and bright overall. 168 pages. POE/011221. Very Good.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [circa 1950]. Hardcover. A beautiful edition of Browning's famed romantic sonnets to her intended husband, Robert Browning. They are accompanied by b&w and color romantic and erotic illustrations by Willy Pogany. Bound in light red cloth with gilt titling to spine and cover, with gilt rosebud also on front cover. Light signs of handling. Interior pages are in near fine condition. Gift inscription dated 1957 on front free endpaper. Measures 7.5 x 10.25 inches. 93 pages. POETRY/010621. Near Fine.
Boston: L.C. Page and Company, 1899. Hardcover. Standard Edition of Five Versions. Illustrated with 12 photo-etchings from drawings by Gilbert James and Edmund H. Garrett along with portrait of Edward Fitzgerald. All plates are present with captioned tissue guards. Beautifully bound in three quarter dark brown leather over green marbled paper covered boards with gilt title and floral devices to spine. Minor rubbing and wear to spine bands, hinges, and corners. Rubbing and wear to paper covering boards and to edges of boards as well as minor soiling to rear board. Penned inscription from previous owner dated 1955 to one of the front endpapers, else clean. Top edge gilt with marbled endpapers. One of the white (plain) front free endpapers appears to have been removed as a small stub is present. 282 pages. POE/011421. Very Good.
London: Chatto & Windus, 1917. Hardcover. First Edition. Recollections about Swinburne from his cousin including extracts from several letters. In original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Minor silverfish damage to front cover, else clean. Minor browning to first and last few pages of interior. Penned ownership signature dated 1917 to front free endpaper. 250 pages. POE/123020. Very Good.
Birmingham: Robert Martin, 1767. This story in verse was originally published in 1735 and reprinted many times. This was poet William Somerville's (1675-1742) most successful work. Bound in contemporary brown leather with stains, chipping, and rubbing. Front board is partially detached. Spine with five compartments and red title label. Pastedowns and free end papers show offsetting from the leather turn-ins. Light foxing but interior pages are in very good condition. Measures 6 x 9.5 inches. 199 pages. POET/122820.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2019. Number 2 of 30 copies, signed and numbered by Thorsten Dennerline. Founded in 1997 by Thorsten Dennerline, The Bird Press is an artist-run publishing project that has focused on hand printed artists’ books. All projects utilize some inherent aspect of the book and often take the form of open-ended collaborations with writers. Each project is a response to the last, both in form and content, in order for the work to continually to evolve. Poetry, broadly defined, is a major inspiration for most of the work. They produce editions of between 15-40 copies, utilizing various print media including: flatbed offset lithography, stone lithography, etching, letterpress, wood blocks, and digital pigment printing. The Bird Press books are represented by many library collections, including The New York Public Library, Stanford University, Smith College, Yale University, The Library of Congress, The Getty Research Foundation, and The National Gallery. This book contains visual collaboration by Thorsten Dennerline working with six poets, each on a 4 page section. Each section has a stunning visual inventiveness that complements the poet's words and meaning. Most of the poems include its English translation. Susanne Jorn, who selected the poets included, writes in her introduction: " I have chosen six distinctive Danish poetic voices for an art project in which words and images encounter one another in widely different dialogues. The six poets' diverging views of the world represent new contemporary Danish poetry as a whole." In the afterword, Anne-Marie Mai says: "What Dennerline and the poets have created here is a new artwork, an object in the world, an artist book, where texts and visual elements interact, challenging the book medium." This folio book was created using stone, late, and offset lithography, metal and polymer petterpress, woodcuts, handmade and machine made papers and is hand bound. The colophon cites the several printers, artists, and others who contributed to this beautiful achievement. Bound in white paper covers with an open spine and the letters NDP on the cover. The book is housed in a blue cloth covered slipcase. In fine condition. Measures 13 x 18 inches.ARTISTSB/111720.
Bennington, VT: The Bird Press, 2016. Number 6 of 38 copies, signed and numbered by the artist and translator. A collaboration between the illustrator / book artist and translator. This is a new translation of the prologue and first part of Mayakovsky's first long poem, originally published in 1915. The Russian modernist poet and cultural icon Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893 - 1930) committed suicide in Moscow 15 years after publishing this piece. According to the translator: "Thorsten Dennerline's twisting artworks suspended against a blue-sky backdrop seemed fitting for the existential crisis in this poem. Mayakovsky writes in verbal cartwheels and associative flights of language, allowing wordplay, sonic riffs, and rhyme to drive his rhetoric and imagery. I sought to preserve both each line's intended meaning and Mayakovsky's rhythm and music. I also attempted to make the poem's diction smooth, accessible, and idiomatically modern to a 21st century American ear." Fascinated with the intensity of Mayakovsky's work and life as well as the historical happenings that influenced him, Thorsten decided to illustrate his work with "monsters." As the drawings developed with layers of ink and detail he "began seeing [them] as bodies, less as monsters and more as physical, mortal, vulnerable beings." Bound in yellow paper wrappers with black title to front cover and binding sewn with red thread along spine. Printed with lithography and letterpress at the Working Dog Press and Horton Tank Graphics. The plate lithographs were printed in sixteen layers of ink. Housed in a grey handmade paper wrapper featuring one of Thorsten's illustrations snaking around the front and rear panels along with another on the inside flap. Thorsten Dennerline creates paintings, drawings, and prints in addition to artists' books. He has exhibited work across the U.S. as well as in Chile and Denmark; and his work is represented in numerous collections including Yale University Library, the Library of Congress, UCLA, Stanford University, and the Kunstindustri Musset (Denmark). Size: 8.5 x 7 inches. ARTB/120120. Fine.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969. Hardcover. First edition of this comprehensive biography on the life of poet Hart Crane and the importance of his poetry in modern American literature. Bound in orange cloth with cream and gilt title label. Tear to bottom of spine. Odd little emoji type stamp on bottom page edges otherwise in near fine condition. In orange pictorial dust jacket with small chips and nicks still very good. 787 pages including index. POE/122820. Very Good.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1940. Hardcover. This book " brings to work of William Butler Yeats to a full close, comprising over fifty poems written from 1936 to his death in 1939, and two plays, 'The Death of Cuchulain' and 'Purgatory.' This is a book both gay and thoughful. Were Yeats still living, it would be welcomed as an exciting and vigorous contribution from a mind still in mid-career. As the product of his last years, it is amazing; both poems and plays are rich in individuality, in wit, adn in romantic passion." (jacket). Turquoise cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed illustration to front board. In matching turquoise jacket with dark blue title to spine and front panels. Minor wear and bumping to spine ends and corners of boards. Previous owner gift inscription in pen to front free endpaper. Browning to endpapers and penciled tick marks to a few lines of poetry, but clean and bright overall. Chipping to edges and spine ends of jacket, which is now protected in removable mylar cover. Minor sunning to spine of jacket. 126 pages. POE/011521. Very Good / Very Good.