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Elegant Extracts: Being a Copious Selection of Instructive, Moral, and Entertaining Passages from the Eminent British Poets
London, John Sharpe, ND (c. 1820s). Hardcover.12mo,,Volumes I through V, bound uniformly in full polished leather,With engraved title page vignettes and all foredges of the textblock marbled, as are the endpapers. This is a re-binding or reference set, as the bindings of all volumes are in a poor state. Internally, there is little foxing and the contents are fairly tightly-bound, clean, and in good condition. Sold with all faults, and priced accordingly. .
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Book number: 7210
USD 75.00 [Appr.: EURO 64.25 | £UK 57.25 | JP¥ 8423]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: BriLit;;;;;;;;

 
New Verse / Alden Double Number / Nos. 26-27 / November, 1937
London, Lindsay Drummond Ltd. 1937. Wraps. pp. 47.8vo,,Bound in original printed wrappers stapled at the spine,With contributions by Christopher Isherwood, Cecil Day Lewis, Louis MacNeice, Herbert Read, Stephen Spender, Edwin Muir et al. With a facsimile of a Auden poem, and a photo, printed on glossy stock, of 'Wystan Auden'. Ill.: black-and-white photograph. Covers spotted and lightly soiled. Pages edges a bit turned. Occasional spotting to pages; else tight & in gd/gd+ condition.
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Book number: 36740
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.5 | £UK 19.25 | JP¥ 2808]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Poets;;;;;;;;Poetry list

 
The Saskatchewan Poetry Book [a Lot of Eight Individual Issues, 1959 to 1985]
Reginga, SK, Saskatchewan Poetry Society, 1959 to 1984. 1st printings. Wraps.Small 8vo,,Card covers slightly scuffed, else all in very good condition. Sold as a lot of eight.
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Book number: 41899
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.5 | £UK 19.25 | JP¥ 2808]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: CanLit;;;;;;;;

 
COWLEY, ABRAHAM AND S. B.
Anacreon Done Into English out of the Original Greek
London, Nonesuch Press, 1923. 1st edition. Hardcover.tall, slim 8vo,Bound in quarter vellum over gold paper on boards,From the colophon: 'This book is reprinted, with some alterations in the spelling and punctuation, from the edition of 1683. It contains also seven original engravings designed and executed by Stephen Gooden. This edition is limited to 725 copies for sale in England and America. This is number 720.' Minor wear to edges of bds. bds. show scuffing, esp. to rear board. Contents pristine. Binding tight, hinges and joints tight. Overall, in about very good condition. Ill.: Stephen Gooden engravings. Reprinted from the 1683 edition, and newly embellished with copperplate engravings by Stephen Gooden.
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Book number: 26944
USD 125.00 [Appr.: EURO 107 | £UK 95.25 | JP¥ 14039]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Fine bindings;Limited editions;Vellum;Stephen Gooden;Copperplate;;;;

 
ADAMSON, ARTHUR
Bird Beast and Lover Poems and Woodcuts
Winnipeg, Editions Ink Inc. 1994. 1st edition. Hardcover. unpaginated,4to,,Sl. soiling to bds. else in nf cond. (issued without dj),With several publicity items, and a typed biography of the poet laid-in loose. Ill.: woodcuts. Issued in a limited edition of 126 copies, of which this is number 22, signed by the author on the colophon.
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Book number: 9344
USD 30.00 [Appr.: EURO 25.75 | £UK 23 | JP¥ 3369]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: CanLit;Limited editions;;;;;;;

 
CARY, ALICE AND PHOEBE
The Poetical Works of Alice and Phoebe Cary
New York City, Hurst and Company. Hardcover. pp. 205, 439.8vo,,Bound in original wine-red cloth over bevelled boards,Alice Cary (1820-1871) was an American poet and the sister of American poet Phoebe Cary (1824-1871). Their work was included in the influential work by Rugus Griswold, 'The Female Poets of Amrica'. This title was first published in 1849. Our offering is a later 19th century printing in an attractive presentation. The cloth is ribbed, with the top edge in gilt. The binding is very slightly stressed but holding nicely. The boards show slight wear. The contents are unmarked. Altogether, in very good condition. Ill.: black-&-white illustrations. This is the 'Avon' edition.
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Book number: 43643
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 13 | £UK 11.5 | JP¥ 1685]
Catalogue: Poetry
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ANGELOU, MAYA
Shaker, Why Don't You Sing?
New York City, Random House, 1983. 1st edition. Hardcover. pp. 44.Slm 8vo,,Very sl. shelf wear; else nf cond. in price-clipped, o/w nf dj. ISBN 0394521447.
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Book number: 17404
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.75 | £UK 7.75 | JP¥ 1123]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Black literature;AmerLit;Women poets;;;;;;

 
ANTONINUS, BROTHER [WILLIAM 'BILL' EVERSON]
Who Is She That Looketh Forth As the Morning
Santa Barbara, CA, Capricorn Press, 1972. Hardcover. pp. 19.Large 4to,,Slight dent to foredge of boards, else in near fine condition,Title page blocks cut by Graham Mackintosh, printed on Curtis Rag from Trump Medieval type and handbound by Earle Gray. Endsheets printed from acrylic patterns using water-based inks. On the first blank page is an ink inscription: 'For Mel Smith / this last to fine packet / of Eversonia / with best regards / Bill Everson / Halloween 1980 / Kingfisher Flat'. William 'Bill' Everson (1912-1994), AKA 'Brother Antoninus', was an American poet of the San Francisco Renaissance and was also a literary critic and small press printer. During World War II he registered as an anarchist and pacifist with his draft board and was sent to a Civilian Public Service camp for COs in Oregon, where he completed 'The Residual Years', a volume of poems which launched him to national fame. Ill.: colour illustrations. One of 250 copies designed & printed by Noel Young, Santa Barbara, CA in Jan. 1972. Numbered 105 and signed by the poet.
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Book number: 43230
USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 30 | £UK 26.75 | JP¥ 3931]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: AmerLit;Small press;;;;;;;

 
ARIOSTO, LUDOVICO
L'Orlando Furioso
London, 1779 to 1781. Hardcover.12mo,,Volume II, III, and IV, all bound in full period brown leather,With armorial bookplate of Francis Martin to inside front board of each volume. Rubber stamp at bottom of front free endpapers. The Orlando Furioso is an epic poem written by Ariosto in 1516. It was originally written in Ferrarese, a dialect of Ferrara, and later translated into literary Tuscan, to be more accessible to Italians at large. The poem formed the basis, or inspiration, for numerous baroque operas, including those by famous composers such as Vivaldi and Handel. Note: this is an incomplete set, lacking the first volume. It is sold as a reading, reference, or re-binding set; and priced accordingly. Ill.: engravings. Bindings of volumes II and III in very poor cond. Vol. IV a bit better. Contents show occasional foxing, else tightly bound.
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Book number: 40809
USD 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 43 | £UK 38.25 | JP¥ 5615]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Epic poems;Italian verse;Bindings;;;;;;

 
ARNOLD, LES
Plain Sailing
Rose Acre Press.Stapled card covers show light soiling, contents clean and tight,This title not in WorldCat or Amicus, although there are several listings in Amicus for other titles by 'Les Arnold', several of which appear to be books of poetry. Presumably, if the authors are one and the same, then Mr. Arnold is Canadian. No reference to Rose Acre Press can be found. Signed by the author on the title page. No information as to the date, or place, of publishing. 27 poems - unpaginated.
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Book number: 37456
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.5 | £UK 19.25 | JP¥ 2808]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: CanLit;;;;;;;;

 
AUDEN, W. H.
About the House
London, Faber and Faber, 1956. Hardcover. pp. 94.8vo,,,Former owner's name on front free endpaper. Light shelf wear to boards, else very good condition. The original dust jacket is present and it has ben price-clipped. Slightly creased with two small closed tears, else good plus, to very good, condition. First published in 1956, this is the second impression of the first edition, published, in February of that year.
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Book number: 36789
USD 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 15 | £UK 13.5 | JP¥ 1965]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Poet;BritLit;;;;;;;Poetry List

 
AUDEN, W. H.
Some Poems
London, Faber & Faber, 1940. 1st edition. Hardcover. pp. 80.Small 8vo,,. Light wear to board edges, former owner's name, else vg in sl. torn, soiled and creased, otherwise good/good+ dust jacket.
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Book number: 36720
USD 15.00 [Appr.: EURO 13 | £UK 11.5 | JP¥ 1685]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Poet;;;;;;;;Poetry List

 
AYTOUN, WILLIAM EDMONSTONE
Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers and Other Poems
Edinburgh and London, William Blackwood and Sons, 1866. pp. 359.12mo,,Finely bound in full crimson morocco with marbled foredges,The boards are double ruled in gilt with florets in the corners. The spine is in compartments, blocked in gilt, with a morocco spine label. The binding is signed 'J. B. Hawes, Cambridge'. The contents are exceptionally bright and quite unmarked. There is a small abrasion near the base of the spine, and the board edges show a trace of rubbing. There is small, one inch, black mark to the rear board, and some very light general scuffing to the boards. The hinges and joints are tight. Overall, in very good condition, and most handsome in appearance. This is the eighteenth edition, bound as a prize binding with crests embossed in gilt on the front and rear boards.
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Book number: 30183
USD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 128.5 | £UK 114.25 | JP¥ 16846]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Bindings;Prize bindings;Scotland;Poet;Literature;;;;

 
BACON, LEONARD
The Legend of Quincibald
New York City, Harper & Brothers, 1928. 1st edition. Hardcover. pp. 76.8vo,,,Inscribed in ink (which should have been blotted before closing the book) by the author to Roger Burlingame, author, writer, and editor (Scribners (1914-1926). Many pages uncut. Curious ooo-ooo-o//oo-ooo scribbling across rear endpapers, apparently with the same ink as the inscription on the front free endpaper. Old tide mark across bottom of boards, affecting very bottom margin on pages 14/15. Otherwise, the book is in very good condition. The publisher's original dust jacket is present, now show some wear and soiling, but still very serviceable. This edition, printed on 'little chart' English hand-made paper, is limited to 50 copies. This is an out-of-series copy.
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Book number: 42328
USD 40.00 [Appr.: EURO 34.25 | £UK 30.5 | JP¥ 4492]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: BritLit;;;;;;;;

 
BARNES, JOSUAE [JOSHUA BARNES]
Anacreon Teius Poeta Lyricus Summa Cura Et Diligentia Ad Fidem Etiam Vet. Ms. Vatican. Emendatus Etc.
Londini (London), Jacobi, Johannis et Knapton, 1734. Hardcover. 12mo. Bound in original full leather. Engraved frontispiece. The binding of this copy is very worn, but holding. Contents show occasional light foxing at outer margins, else clean, bright and tight. The binding is poor to fair; the contents good, to good plus. Nice armorial bookplate of Jasper Hume Nicolls on inside front board. Nicolls (1818-1877) was an Anglican priest and first Principal of Bishop's College (now Bishop's University in Quebec). Ill.: engraved frontispiece. Editio Tertia, auctior & emendatior (the third edition, corrected and revised). Barnes (1654-1712) was a Greek scholar and antiquary, educated at Cambridge University. His works include this title (translated as 'Sacred Poems'), dramatic pieces in English and Latin, a 'Life of Edward III (published 1688), and edition of Homer (1710) and various religious treatises.
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Book number: 6846
USD 65.00 [Appr.: EURO 55.75 | £UK 49.5 | JP¥ 7300]
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BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT / WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY LOUIS UNTERMEYER / DECORATIONS MADE FOR THIS EDITION BU VALENTI ANGELO
Sonnets from the Portuguese
New York City, The Heritage Press, 1948. Hardcover.4to,,Slight shelf wear, else clean, tight, and in very good condition. Ill.: rubricated firts letters. Unpaginated, with index of first lines. No slip case or dust jacket.
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Book number: 43541
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.75 | £UK 7.75 | JP¥ 1123]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Love poems;;;;;;;;

 
BATTY, JOSEPH W.
The English Year
England, Published by the author, 1957.12mo,,In original printed stiff card covers, stapled at joints,The Author's Note comments: 'The twelve 'interwoven' sonnets in this collection were written within the twelve months of 1942. When begun, no definite outline was in mind; but there came a desire to avoid octet and sestet [sic], because to the author's idea the usual sonnet-form would make for monotony and would add nothing to charm. Like our English year, so is each month's item different, in all but one instance, from others. The sonnets thereafter seemed to 'compose' themselves.' Several typos in the text are corrected by hand. Laid in loose is a small folded piece of paper on which is written: 'Prof. Wm Watson / one of his finest sonnets / 'night on Curbar (?) Edge'' - then follows the twelve neatly written lines of poetry. This little booklet shows age-toning to covers, but is otherwise in very good condition. 'The following sonnets appeared in a Kemsley newspaper in World War II in aid of Lady Kemsley's fund.' Unpaginated - 15 pages.
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Book number: 43581
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Keywords: Sonnets;BritLit;;;;;;;

 
BETJEMAN, JOHN
Summoned by Bells
London, 1960. Hardcover. pp. 111.Small 4to,,Bound in embossed green cloth with gilt spine lettering,Betjeman's attempt at autobiographical verse, dealing mainly with his experiences from boyhood, to early manhood. Originally published by William Clowes in 1960, this is a high quality Readers Union/John Murray republication, in the same format, and with the same binding, as the previous edition. Ill.: Michael Tree drawings. Boards sl. bowed & corners bumped, else vg/nf in lightly-worn dust jacket.
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Book number: 43336
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Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: BritLit;Poet Laureate;;;;;;;

 
BETJEMAN, JOHN
Summoned by Bells
London, John Murray, 1960. 1st edition. Hardcover. pp. 111.Small 4to,,Bound in embossed green cloth with gilt spine lettering,Betjeman's attempt at autobiographical verse, dealing mainly with his experiences from boyhood, to early manhood. Very light shelf wear. 1960 gift inscription to front free endpaper; otherwise clean, tight and in very good condition. Ill.: Michael Tree drawings.
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Book number: 44371
USD 25.00 [Appr.: EURO 21.5 | £UK 19.25 | JP¥ 2808]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: BritLit;Poet Laureate;;;;;;;

 
JOHNSON, SAMUEL, LL.D. / RE-EDITED, WITH NEW BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL MATTER, BY J. AIKIN, M.D.
The Works of the English Poets with Prefaces, Historical and Critical / the Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser
London, Printed for J. Heath et al, 1802.12mo,,Complete six volume set handsomely bound in full polished calf,'Taken from the text of J. Upton, with a text, biographical and critical, by J. Aikin, M.D.' John Aikin (1747-1822) studied at Edinburgh, London, and Leyden (from which he received his MD). He practised at Yarmouth, and moved to Stoke Newington in 1798, where his home was frequented by many of the savants of the day (Priestley, Darwin, Howard and others). He wrote many biographical and critical essays and prefaces. This is a new edition of Dr. Johnson's 'English Poets', and Dr. Aikin, in his Preface, makes clear that he did not entirely approve of either the selection of poets in the previous editions, or of Dr. Johnson's editorial comments, viz. 'the editor has, indeed, ventured to subjoin [to Dr. Johnson's comments] .. some remarks of his own; in which he thinks himself justified, as well by the common privileges of literature, as by the general opinion, that the criticism of Dr. Johnson, acute and masterly as it is, has occasionally been warped by prejudiced and defective judgments'. Our offering deals only with the works of Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). It is a complete set, with gilt rules to the boards, gilt ornamentation to the spines, and marbled endpapers and foredges. The boards of each volume are somewhat bowed, and show rubbing to the extremities. The bindings are tight throughout, and the contents unmarked, save for the odd bit of foxing. Armorial bookplate and pasted letter 'Q' inside front board of each volume - no other previous owner's markings. Illustrated throughout with engravings (many tissue-guarded). A very nice set. Ill.: engravings.
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Book number: 20635
USD 500.00 [Appr.: EURO 428 | £UK 380.25 | JP¥ 56154]
Catalogue: Poetry
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BLACKIE, JOHN STUART
Lays and Legends of Ancient Greece, with Other Poems.
Edinburgh,, Sutherland and Knox, 1857. Hardcover. pp. x, 363.8vo,,,The extremities of the boards are rubbed, and there are a few small spots of staining to the boards. 1868 prize inscription to front free endpaper from the Episcopal Training College, Edinburgh. Front endpaper split at hinge, but binding tight. Contents clean. A very good copy. This title recently offered in the abominable POD (print-on-demand) soft cover format. Why would anyone waste their money on such drek when, for a few dollars more, one can have the original 150-year-old book in a lovely leather binding?. Very handsomely bound in full pigskin, rules to boards, spine in compartments, all edges gilt.
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Book number: 33899
USD 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 43 | £UK 38.25 | JP¥ 5615]
Catalogue: Poetry
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BLAKE, WILLIAM / EDITED BY W. B. YEATS
Poems of William Blake
London, George Routledge & Sons. Hardcover. pp. xlix, 277.12mo,,,Boards rubbed and scuffed. Gilt design to spien bright. Binding a bit sprung but nothing loose. Very small stain to bottom of foredge, not affecting text. Overall, a fair to good copy. No date of publication; stated 'second impression in The Muses Library'. Probably published before World War One.
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Book number: 37780
USD 17.50 [Appr.: EURO 15 | £UK 13.5 | JP¥ 1965]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: BritLit;Yeats;;;;;;;

 
BLOOMFIELD, ROBERT
The Banks of Wye; a Poem. In Four Books.
London, B. and R. Crosby and Co. 1813. 2nd edition. pp. vii, 133.12mo,,Bound in original full tree calf leather with marbeled endpapers,This title first published in 1811. Portion of the spine detached. Binding shows wear, especially at extremities. Hinges tender, but holding. A few marginal notations in pencil and some foxing. Overall, a fair to good copy. Ill.: engravings. The complete poem presented as the 'Second Edition, Corrected', with the 'Author's Advertisement to The Second Edition'.
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Book number: 42473
USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 30 | £UK 26.75 | JP¥ 3931]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: Bindings;Poets;BritLit;;;;;;

 
BRAUTIGAN, RICHARD
The Pill Versus the Springfield Mine Disaster
New York, Delta Book, 1968. 8th printing. Wraps. pp. 108.8vo,Larger format pb - card covers a bit 'thumbed' & soiled; else gd. Ill.: cover photos. Brautigan is an acquired taste - some are convinced he's just a sham, a poseur - others see depth in his shallows.
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Book number: 28922
USD 7.50 [Appr.: EURO 6.5 | £UK 5.75 | JP¥ 842]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: AmerLit;Poetry;;;;;;;

 
BRAUTIGAN, RICHARD
Rommel Drives on Deep Into Egypt
New York, Delta Book, 1970. 2nd printing. Wraps. pp. 85.8vo,Larger format pb - beginning to split, a bit thumbed; else gd+. Ill.: cover photos. Brautigan is an acquired taste - some are convinced he's just a sham, a poseur - others see depth in his shallows.
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Book number: 12927
USD 10.00 [Appr.: EURO 8.75 | £UK 7.75 | JP¥ 1123]
Catalogue: Poetry
Keywords: AmerLit;Poetry;;;;;;;

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