Baltimore: John B. Piet, 1881. Hardcover. SCARCE. Good in original red cloth boards with gilt title and decoration to spine and front cover. Covers are dampstained and lightly soiled. There is a large split to binding after front endpage and a few smaller splits within textblock. Front pastedown is loose near hinge. Frontispiece illustration and each poem begins with a decorative initial. Writing in pencil on front endpage, else clean interior. Slight musty smell. 96 pages. POE/121013. Good.
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Lexington, MA: Women/Poems Press, . Paperback. A collection of 20 poems by women including: "Amnesia" by Adrienne Rich, "The Bumpity Road to Mutual Devotion" by Marge Piercy, and "Anne's wedding" by Celia Gilbert. Bound in orange stapled wrappers with black title to front cover. Slight dampstain to rear cover, else clean and bright. Unpaginated. POEANTH/101216. Very Good.
Boston: Boston, Little, Brown & Company [c1968]. (1968). First American Edition. Hardcover. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. 8vo. Near fine in purple cloth covered boards with gilt title to spine. Light fading to edges of boards. Very slight yellowing to edges of pages. Else is pristine. White, pink and purple dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing and edgewear to dust jacket. 69 pages. POE/102416. Near Fine / Very Good.
London: Faber & Faber, 1974. Hardcover. W. H. Auden (1907-1973) is one of the great writers of the 20th century. He was a prolific writer throughout his life, publishing hundreds of poems as well as essays and reviews. This compilation was published posthumously; however, according to the introduction, Auden had compiled the poems, decided on a title, and had written a dedication. This beautiful copy is in fine condition in the fine original black and grey dust jacket. The title and author are on the front cover and a photograph of Auden is on the back. The book is bound in light blue cloth with a darker blue spine. 57 pages. POE/090908. Fine in Fine Dust Jacket.
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1928. Hardcover. INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 8vo. In black cloth covered boards with gilt title stamp to spine and gilt and blind stamp to front board. Minor fading to spine and slight shelfwear to board edges. Interior is mostly clean and bright with only slight aging to endpapers. Inscribed by author on FFEP. 76pp. POE/051304. Very Good +.
Boston: Little Brown & Company, 1915. LIMITED EDITION. Hardcover. Thin 8vo. Limited to 500 numbered copies and SIGNED BY AUTHOR. 3/4 white cloth backed blue paper covered boards with gilt title to spine and front board. Charming illustration of a tree in gilt to front board. Minor browning to spine and to edges of boards. Minor browning to endpages, else interior is very clean. Tight binding. POE/102005. Very Good.
Reid: Oberosterreichischer Landesverlag, circa 1950. Hardcover. Scarce. A somber book of poetry dedicated to "the people of my heart" who fell in World War II. The title translates to "Because I Love You. A Dead Task." Inscription in pencil to front free endpage "Gift from Pfarrer Reinold Simma Damüls / Bregeugewald Voraailberg (sp?) at the request of Frau Natalie Beer." Includes several illustrations. Very good in thin grey boards with gilt title to front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards. Clean with slight browning to margins of pages and edges of boards. Size Octavo. 65 pages. In German. GER1/2042. Very Good.
New York: The Co-operative Press, 1926. Paperback. A collection of poems in German inspired by America's national parks. Illustrated. Brown paper wrappers with black title to front cover. Minor wear to wrappers including a few spots of foxing and a few chips to edges. A few smudge marks to interior but clean overall. 64 pages. GER3/2222. Very Good.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1850. Hardcover. Presentation Copy from the author: "Rev. Derwent Coleridge with the Authors Compliments." English scholar and author Derwent Coleridge (1800 - 1883) was the son of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is an early work by William Cox Bennett (1820 - 1895), who wrote songs as well as poetry. He is best known for "Baby May," a sweet poem about his baby daughter, which appears in this collection. Bound in original navy blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and embossed design to boards. Chipping to head of spine. Interior rear hinge is cracked and spine is rolled. Ex-library with a few stamps to interior. Clean overall. 262 pages. POE/011916. Very Good.
New York: George Braziller, 1964. First trade edition of this powerful poem by Berry written in response to the horror of President John Kennedy's assassination. Shahn's images invoke the grief, pain, and darkness felt by the nation and the world. Bound in cream cloth with title in black on spine and front cover. Some discoloring and spots to cloth. Interior pages very good. Housed in a black cloth slipcase with titling in silver to cover. Unpaginated. POET/040220.