Paperback. Featuring portfolios of photography by Steffens Lienwohl and Rodney Galarneau / comment by Robert Bly / Poems by Dennis Schmitz, William Hunt, Saint Giraud, James Wright, Gene Frumkin, David Cohen, Paul Carroll and more. Black, white, and red paper wrappers with white title to spine and front cover. Creasing to wrappers and heavy rubbing. Minor soiling/ dampstain to interior of front wrapper, else clean interior. Includes tipped-in fold out poem to rear endpaper. 112 pages. PER/091620. Very Good.
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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.
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.
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.
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.