Omaha. NE: Abattoir Editions, The University of Nebraska, 1985. First Edition. Hardcover. LIMITED FIRST EDITION. NUMBER 56 OF 200 COPIES. Olive green cloth with black title to white label on the spine. Label darkened at lower edge, otherwise fine, without printed dust jacket, as issued. In glassine dust jacket. Vietnam War poetry. PRI/102416. Near Fine.
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Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Number 6 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/120519. Fine.
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.
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.
West Chester University: Aralia Press, 1991. Softcover. One of 200 unnumbered copies. There were also 50 signed press copies and seven presentation copies. A moving collection of seven poems published after the death of Gioia's infant son and dedicated to him. Gioia is a noted poet and critic and was the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003-2009. He is currently a professor at the University of Souther California. Bound in handmade flax papers. Beautifully printed by Michael Peich on Vandercook Universal I press from Spectrum and Hunt Roman types on Umbria paper. With black and white drawing by Testa on title page. 7.5 x 12 inches. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/062118. Fine.
Milan: Giovanni Pirotta, 1818. Hardcover. A beautiful version of this great Italian epic poem that first appeared in 1516. It takes place against the backdrop of the war between Charlemagne and the King of Africa, and has many fantastic and magical elements. It was a big influence on later works of literature, including Spenser's Faerie Queen and Shakespeare's Much Ado. Very good in full leather with repairs made using Japanese paper to both joints. The edges of this tissue are coming loose. A small section of modern leather has been added to the front board where there had been a chip to the original leather. The new leather has been tooled and dyed to blend with the original. Light cracking to leather with minimal board-wear. Despite the noted repairs, this is a nice, attractive copy with strong, tight spine and clean interior. Marbled end pages. Bookplate to front end page. In Italian. Folio. ITA109201. Very Good.
Oregon: Artistically Declined Press, 2013. Hardcover. One of 20 copies signed by the poet, Hosho McCreesh who describes himself as a drunken poet. From reviews: "In the footsteps of Charles Bukowski comes Hosho McCreesh’s magnum opus of drunk poetry. Mammoth in size and scope, A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst is unlike any of McCreesh’s previous collections. Because writing and drinking go hand in hand, it may seem an impossible challenge for a poet to offer new perspective of this well-worn, symbiotic relationship. But McCreesh does, and in this brilliant collection he uses subject matter that might feel old and tired in the hands of a less capable poet and turns out exciting and irresistible poems. A perfect elegy to the illusions and delusions of alcohol." This is from the edition of 20 described by the press as "The DrunkSkull Flask Clamshell." It includes a handmade hardback book housed in a clamshell box custom-made by Bill Roberts of Bottle of Smoke Press. Hidden within the clamshell is the coup de grace - an 8 ounce black flask, engraved with the book's DrunkSkull logo, which is housed in a wood insert, along with some pieces of promotional ephemera that include two letterpress broadsides of unpublished drunk poems signed by McCreesh, a ticket also signed, and a third unpublished broadside hand written and painted by the poet. Hidden under the flash is a patch, a sticker, and a removeable tattoo - all featuring the DrunkSkull logo. The text of the book is printed offset and is bound in grey paper boards with black spine label and skull logo on the front cover. On the back cover is printed: "glister like remnant embers of all you've burned away in your mad and drunken joy." The clamshell box has a black cloth spine and grey paper covering the front and rear panels. The front panel features a reproduction of the book's cover and the spine panel has a matching grey paper title label. Box is 10 x 7 x 3 inches. In fine condition. 359 pages plus acknowledgments and colophon. ARTISTSBOOK/042016. Fine.
London: Chiswick Press [Privately printed], 1888. Paperback. First Edition. Scarce. Presentation copy inscribed "To F. Coylestone with best wishes T. Ashe Feb. 1888." Thomas Ashe (1836-1889) was a minor English poet who was admired by some, including Michael Field, but his work was not popular with his generation. He has risen far enough to be included in many recent anthologies of mid-to late- Victorian verse. In original paper wrappers. Covers stained, creased on right corner, and chipped along edges. Hinges tender but text block is tight and clean. Very good condition. 84 pages. POE/102714. 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.