Los Angeles: Black Sparrow Press, 1969. Hardcover. First Edition. Number 121 of 150 numbered copies in hardcover, signed by the author. There were also 300 signed copies issued in paper wrappers and 250 unsigned copies issued also in paper wrappers. Printed by Noel Young. Includes 17 poems. Bound in quarter patterned cloth and olive green paper covered boards with printed paper label on the spine and illustration on front cover. Clean and bright. Very fine in clear plastic dust jacket, with minor wear to edges of jacket. 33 pages. PRI/101416. Fine.
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Upland CA: Blackbird Press, 2007 [Distributed in 2010]. Hardcover. Number 40 of 100 copies. Signed by the poet, the book artist, and the illustrator. Writes Gillingwators, "When I first read B. H. Fairchild’s poetry collection The Art of the Lathe, I knew I wanted to publish the opening poem “Beauty” as a letterpress limited edition book. The poem has book characteristics–narrative structure and four, chapter-like divisions–and its visceral, lyrical appeal motivated me." Fairchild's poetry has been widely published and he has been the recipient of numerous awards. The Art of the Lathe was described in the LA Times as "a contemporary classic...finely crafted and perfectly pitched." The book artist continues: "I knew from the initial reading that my book edition would have metal covers, reminiscent of the corrugated-metal buildings that often house machine shops [where the poem takes place]. The making of the book took three years as the book artist and illlustrator learned how to make the tiny metal hinges for the book and how to age the thin aluminum used for the book covers. Each step required research, test trials, and practice. Printed with Centaur and Arrighi monotype on Zerkall Book paper, with linocuts by Alquitela. Housed in a grey clamshell box with title and author in red to spine. In fine condition. 7 x 11". Unpaginated. [11 pages] PRI/031715. Fine.
Baltimore: James Young, 1873. Hardcover. A collection of poems beginning with this one "Read all within before you venture, One single verse of mine to censure, Because sometimes, there exist unseen, Etherial beauties all veiled in green; Rubies also, and diamonds are found, The best and brightest beneath the ground ..." Bound in green cloth boards with gilt title to spine and gilt inscription to front cover "compliments of the Baltimore Telegram." Wear to hinges and edges of boards. Dampstaining to margins of many interior pages, but still an attractive book. Illustrated. Subscription blanks for the Baltimore Telegram affixed to both endpapers. 169 pages plus index. POE/042018. Very Good.
London: Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1889. Hardcover. First Edition of this book of Blunt's poetry dedicated to "the priests and peasantry of Ireland." He wrote the sonnets while in an Irish prison. for challenging laws intended to curb Irish unrest. Bound in green cloth with gilt title and author to spine and title on front cover. On the lower right of front board is an attractive gilt tree design. Some rubbling and bumping but still nice. Interior pages also in very good condition. With frontispiece portrait of Blunt protected by tissue guard. 63 pages. POE/080715. Very Good.
Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Hardcover. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. Unnumbered limited edition. Signed by the well-known book artist, Pat Sweet. This is another inventive and lovely miniature book by Pat. It received the Annual Distinguished Book Award at the 2018 annual conclave of the Miniature Book Society. She writes of her book: "I saw this morning morning's minion . . ." The kestrel Hopkins saw that May morning in 1877 became one of the most beautiful and breathtaking sonnets of the 19th century. Hopkins, a great technical poet and the creator of the poetical device known as "sprung rhythm", was inspired by the sight of the hovering bird to a mystical connection with something beyond and above nature, The poem is dedicated "To Christ our Lord. " She continues: "I've tried to justice to the complexity and delight of the poem by using a complicated little dos à dos à dos binding, with the poem in the middle. The two outer folds open to reveal a pop-up pair of fold-out wings, their colors taken from the American kestrel. The book is bound in paper printed with a blue sky with fleecy clouds. The book is enclosed in a slipcase bound in the same paper." In fine condition. 2.75 x 1.75 inches; slipcase is 3x 1.75 x .75 inches. 32 pages. ARTISTSBOOK/012418. Fine.
Cummington, MA: The Cummington Press, 1943. First Edition. Hardcover. FIRST TRADE EDITION. LIMITED EDITION. ONE OF 475 COPIES. Bright blue cloth covered boards with white title to spine. One small spot of soiling to front board. Blook plate of Virginia Weaver on front pastedown. Minor toning to margins. Slight musty smell. Else is clean and bright with many unopened pages. Beige dust jacket with blue title to front and spine panels. Moderate wear to dust jacket includes heavy chipping, large portion of rear panel missing, as well as small spots of foxing and browning. Dust jacket housed in protective sleeve. Includes Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Weldon Kees, and William Carlos Williams. 93 pages. POE/102416. Near Fine / Good.
Monterey, CA: Peters Gate Press, 1969. Paperback. Number 12 of 50 copies. A collection of short but sweet poems, three lines each, conceived of (and tape recorded) while the author commuted between Annapolis and Baltimore. "LATE: Waking alien / Rebel to clock rut, I am / Reborn in lateness." Tan paper wrappers with white title to front cover. Minor foxing to edges of wrappers and to a few interior pages. Stapled binding. Size: 5.5 x 4.5 inches. POE/041619 (local author section). Very Good.
[Denver]: Alan Swallow, . Hardcover. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, dated May 21, 1958. Southern author's first book. Ex libris of the Author's Club with bookplate to front pastedown. In light green dust jacket with dark green title to spine and front panels. The jacket is somewhat soiled and rubbed, faded along the top edge of the front panel and the spine panel. 48 pages. POE/110316. Fine / Very Good.
Boston: David Godine, 2007. Hardcover. First edition of this lovely book about four of the most eminent poets of the past century. It is signed on the title page by artist Barry Moser, and specially signed by Donald Hall and Maxine Kumin under their portraits. Each poet profile is based on intimate personal interviews exploring the landscapes, lives, and artistic achievements of the four poets. Several poems are woven into each essay. The book is both designed and illustrated by famed wood engraver Barry Moser. He provides a sensitive full page portrait of each poet as well as charming spot illustrations. Bound in brown cloth with tan cloth spine with brown titling. In an illustrated dust jacket with titling in blue and red to cover and spine. Both the dust jacket and book are in fine condition. 90 pages. POET/071218. Fine / Fine.
Francestown, NH: Marshall Jones Company, 1948. Rudd, Tracy Porter. Hardcover. SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. 8vo. Green cloth boards with black and gilt title to spine and front panel. A few yellow speckles to boards, though they are clean overall. Very clean interior with tight binding. Tan illustrated dj with brown spine panel and beige title to spine. Several large closed tears to edges of dj and a few small open tears to spine panel. 101 pp. POE/081105. Very Good in Good dj.
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.
London: Swan Sonnenschein, Lowrey and Co., 1887. Hardcover. Uncommon First Edition. T.E. Brown (1880-1897) was a poet, scholar, and theologian. He was born on the Isle of Man, and wrote his poetry in Manx English, a dialect formerly spoken on the Isle of Man. The dialect is derived from the Celtic as is Welsh. In the book, there are footnotes giving the English word for some of the dialect. Bound in the original brown patterned cloth, with gilt title to spine. Some rubbing and bumping to cloth but otherwise in very good minus condition. Front hinge is tender but the text is tightly bound and the interior pages are clean. Book plate of Mark Samuels Lasner affixed to front pastedown. 385 pages. POE/081309. Very Good -.
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, (1945). Hardcover. 4to. Maroon cloth covered boards with gilt title and illustrations to front board and gilt title to spine. Very slight rippling to cloth at top of boards. Inscription to previous owner on front free end page dated 1946. Else is clean and bright with 8 tipped in color plates and several black and white illustrations. Housed in white and pink illustrated box with white title and illustration to front board. Minor soiling, fading, browning too box as well as bumping to corners of box. 86 pages. POE/062217. Very Good.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1917. Hardcover. Very good in green cloth covered boards withgilt title to spine. Minor bumping to spine ends and corners. Previous owner's writing to front free end page and rear end pages. Else is clean and bright. Includes illustrated frontis piece with intact tissue guard. Index, 1359 pages. POE/090116. Very Good.
London: Smith, Elder,and Co, 1880. Hardcover. First Edition. AN IMPORTANT PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed “Mrs Proctor, with RB’s affectionate regards June 27 ‘80.” Anne Proctor’s husband, the barrister and poet Bryan W. Proctor (who wrote under the pseudonym Barry Cornwall), was the dedicatee of Browning’s poem “Columbe’s Birthday” (1844). The Proctors were among the Brownings’ closest friends. Proctor and John Forster anonymously edited the first selection from Browning’s works in the 1860s. Near fine in original brown cloth with gilt title to spine. Light rubbing to edges and corners. There is browning from a paper clip to the top edge of the first few pages, else the interior is very clean. 147 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements. POE/020309. Near Fine.
London: Smith, Elder, and Co, 1884. Hardcover. First Edition. Forged presentation copy "To GF Watts from Robert Browning. Dec 1884." The inscription is not in Browning's hand. This book with a forged inscription is described by Philip Kelley and Betty Coley in The Browning Collections, 325 as reading "W G F Watts." Their transcription is almost certainly incorrect as the first word looks like an uncrossed "to" similar to the uncrossed "Watts." In very good original dark brown cloth boards with gilt title to spine and black decoration to front board. Rubbing to hinges, edges, and corners with short open tear to book cloth along front hinge. Foxing to first and last few pages with a few light pencil bracket marks to text and occasional folded corners. Blue end pages. 143 pages plus 8 pages of ads. From the collection of Stuart B. Schimmel. Schimmel was a well-known collector of literary forgers and forgeries. His collection was sold at auction in 2012. POE/022014. Very Good.
Chatto and Windus, 1909. Special edition, of which this is number 24 of 260 copies. Includes ten full color pasted down illustrations with captioned tissue guards. English artist Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale (1872 - 1945) studied at the Royal Academy and painted in a style similiar to John William Waterhouse. She is best known for her illustrations of Tennyson's 'Idylls of the King.' Very good in full vellum boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Gilt illustration of an angel on the front cover. Minor wear to edges of boards and minor rubbing to boards and spine. Boards are slightly warped as is common with vellum. Marbled endpapers and top edge gilt. Occasional spots of foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages, but clean overall. 246 pages. POE/010218.