Sign In | Register


RECENT ARRIVALS


The Laureates Of England, From Ben Jonson To Alfred Tennyson, With Selections  From Their Works And An Introduction Dealing With The Origin And Significance Of The English Laureateship
seller photo

The Laureates Of England, From Ben Jonson To Alfred Tennyson, With Selections From Their Works And An Introduction Dealing With The Origin And Significance Of The English Laureateship

By West, Kenyon

Frederick A. Stokes Co., NY and London, 1895; First Edition; 458 pages; illustrated; green cloth; gilt titles and decorations; all page edges gilt. Biographical sketches and critiques of the Poets Laureate of England up to and including Tennyson, with multitudinous selections from the works of each. Illustrated with nearly fifty b&w plates by Frederick C. Gordon. Beautifully bound in ornately decorated green cloth boards. Fine. Clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, binding tight and square, gilt edges brilliant. A very handsome copy.

$75.00

More Poems
seller photo

More Poems

By Housman, A.E. (Alfred Edward Housman)

Alfred A. Knopf / Barclay’s, New York, 1936; First Edition; tall 8vo, 73 pages; blue cloth boards; gilt titles and decorations; frontispiece portrait plate of the author. Selection of forty-eight previously unpublished poems by eminent classicist and poet Alfred Edward Housman (1859-1936), released in the year of his death in accordance with his written instructions stating, "I hereby direct my brother Laurence to destroy all my prose manuscripts in whatever language, and I permit him, but do not enjoin him, to select from my verse manuscript writing, and to publish, any poems which appear to him to be completed and not inferior to the average of my published poems, and I direct him to destroy all other poems and fragments of verse." Thus Laurence Housman, himself a writer, dutifully begins the ten page preface by noting, "This final selection of A.E. Housman’s poems is published with his permission, not by his wish." Notable among the works chosen for rescue are Poem XLII - "A.J.J." a haunting remembrance of Adalbert A. Jackson, brother of Houseman’s great friend and unrequited love Moses Jackson, and poem XLV, which contains the line extracted by Arthur C. Clarke for use as the title of his first novel, "Against The Fall Of Night." Housman’s poems have served as a wellspring for numerous other authors, and have been set to music by a number of illustrious 20th century composers including Arthur Somervell, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and George Butterworth. Photo plate of the original handwritten manuscript for Poem XV opposite page 25, demonstrating the neatness and unedited nature of the majority of Housman’s verse manuscripts, the poems typically springing fully formed into his consciousness, with the need only to write them down. Copyright Barclay’s, 1936. Composed at the Plimpton Press, Norwood Massachusetts, printed and bound by the Haddon Craftsmen, Camden, New Jersey, paper by P.H. Glatfelter Co., Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, typography and design by W.A. Dwiggins. Very good plus. Clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind. No dust jacket.

$60.00

Delmore Schwartz, The Life Of An American Poet
seller photo

Delmore Schwartz, The Life Of An American Poet

By Atlas, James

Farrar Straus Giroux, NY, 1977; First Edition; 8vo, 418 pages. Scholarly biography of American poet Delmore Schwartz, based on interviews and previously unpublished papers, including Schwartz’s satires of friends and acquaintances, autobiographical stories, and correspondence with such notables as Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Paul Goodman. Very Good, in a Very Good price-clipped dust jacket. Small unobtrusive cloth stain on lower margin of the front board.

$35.00

Poems Old And New, 1918-1978 (Signed)
seller photo

Poems Old And New, 1918-1978 (Signed)

By Lewis, Janet

Ohio University Press, Chicago, 1981; First Edition; Signed; 8vo, 112 pages. A collection of sixty years of Janet Lewis’s poetry, beginning with "The Freighters," which won her admission to the Poetry Club at the University Of Chicago in 1918. Inscribed and signed in year of publication by the author to personal friend, Los Angeles millionairess and philanthropist Anna Bing Arnold, and her husband Aerol. Fine, in a Fine dust jacket. A clean, bright, crisp, and attractive copy.

$175.00

I Live By The Invisible, New And Selected Poems (Signed), Plus Signed Letter
seller photo

I Live By The Invisible, New And Selected Poems (Signed), Plus Signed Letter

By Bradbury, Ray

Salmon Poetry, County Clare, Ireland, 2002; First Edition; Signed; small 8vo, 81 pages. Ray Bradbury’s first collection of poetry to be published outside the United States. Forty-seven poems in all, many of them published for the first time in this volume. Warmly inscribed and signed by Bradbury on the f.f.e.p. "Dear ____, My Grandfather thanks you!, I thank you! Blessings, Ray Bradbury." In 2005, we came into possession of a number of aged books belonging to Bradbury’s grandfather and returned them to Ray as a gift. The accompanying signed letter of thanks arrived a short time later, followed in turn by this signed copy of "I Live By The Invisible." In the letter, typed on his stationery and bearing a large Joseph Mugnaini illustration at the top from "The Halloween Tree," Ray recounts how he had recently uncovered some 1870 love letters which had been exchanged between his grandparents during the time of their courtship, and concludes "if their love affair had not ended in marriage, I would not be writing to you now." Fine, in wraps.

$250.00

Dawn Visions
seller photo

Dawn Visions

By Moore, Daniel (Abdal-Hayy)

City Lights Books, San Francisco, 1964; First Edition; 12mo, 116 pages; illustrated. Daniel Moore’s first book, with cover art and in-text illustrations by the poet. Moore subsequently came to renounce written poetry and founded the "Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company" in San Francisco, which offered live stage productions free of charge to audiences at Berkeley’s Hinkel Park. Then, in 1970, inspired by a meeting with Abdalqadir as-Sufi, he adopted the religion of Islam, changed his name to Abdal-Hayy, and left to live in the countries of North Africa. He returned to the United States in 1990, took up residence in Philadelphia, and resumed the written word. His published works thereafter are considerable. First edition, in wraps, of which only 1,950 copies were printed. A small hardback edition of 50 was issued simultaneously. Near Fine, clean, crisp, and bright. Dazzling psychedelic cover illustration. A beautiful copy.

$45.00

History
seller photo

History

By Lowell, Robert

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, NY, 1973; First Edition; 8vo, 207 pages. Large body of poems, 370 in all, by rugged individualist Robert Lowell, who twice tried to enlist in the American Armed Forces, was both times rejected, and by the time he was finally called up had become a conscientious objector. In speaking of Lowell, William Dean Howells once said, "More than any other poet, Robert Lowell is the poet of shock; his effects vary from crudity to magnificence, but they are always surprising and always his own -- his style manages to make even quotations and historical facts a personal possession." Over 80 per cent of the poems are published for the first time here. Fine, in a Very Good Plus dust jacket that has minor spine tan. A bright, crisp, and attractive copy.

$55.00

Nine Horses
seller photo

Nine Horses

By Collins, Billy

Random House, NY, 2002; First Edition; 8vo, 120 pages. Poems by American Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Very Fine, in a Very Fine dust jacket.

$35.00

The Collected Poems Of Kathleen Raine
seller photo

The Collected Poems Of Kathleen Raine

By Raine, Kathleen

Random House, NY, 1956; First Edition; 8vo, 175 pages. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good dust jacket that has some miniscule chipping at the uppermost extremity of the spine panel, unaffecting titles or graphics. Clean, crisp, bright, and sharp.

$55.00

Poems Collected And Selected (Association Copy)
seller photo

Poems Collected And Selected (Association Copy)

By Flanner, Hildegarde

John Daniel, Santa Barbara, 1988; First Edition; 8vo, 111 pages. Selected poems of notable California poet Hildegarde Flanner (1899-1987), once desribed by Jeffrey Paine of the San Francisco Chronicle as, "the best unknown writer in America." Flanner first visited California in 1915 as a girl of fifteen, where, inspired by a meeting with Olive Percival, she determined to become a poet. After graduation from U.C. Berkeley and the devastating Berkeley fire of 1923, she moved to Los Angeles, solidifying her relationship with Percival and becoming a leading figure in the local art scene. This selection, personally assembled by Flanner from her entire body of work, contains numerous poems from the now scarce "If There Is Time," and "In Native Light," as well as a few from an obscure publication by the Ikura Press in Kobe, Japan, entitled "Anthology 81." Foreword by Janet Lewis, in which she calls attention to Flanner’s mixture of tenderness, beauty, wit, delight, and mysticism, but points out a darker side evidenced in the later poems. Although Flanner chose Janet Lewis to write the foreword, she reserved the preface for herself, in which she states, "A serious poet, together with his concern for language, has two notable ambitions: one to write well of nature, one to write well of beauty. As a poet who dares to hope that I may deserve to be called serious, I earnestly believe that every poet should make a sincere attempt to write well in at least one instance about each of these two subjects." Hildegarde Flanner died before this, her last book of poetry, was published. Association copy, gifted by Janet Lewis to renowned Los Angeles philanthropist and patron of the arts, Anna Bing Arnold. Laid-in at the front is Lewis’s illustrated note card, with handwritten inscription as follows: "Dear Anna, I think of you so often with gratitude and affection, and hope that you are well and busy with what most interests you. I have nothing to send you of mine, except now a few pages in Hildegarde’s book, which has treasures in it, but which you must not feel it’s a duty to read. Be well, dear Anna. Lovingly, Janet." Very Good, in wraps, with front illustration by artist/ architect Frederick Monhoff, whom Flanner married in 1926. There is a faint and narrow damp stain along the outermost extremity in the top empty margin of the last 11 leaves of text. A unique association copy from two of California’s treasured poets.

$125.00

Arpa de Cinco Cuerdas (Signed)
seller photo

Arpa de Cinco Cuerdas (Signed)

By Mora, Luis Maria

Imprenta Salesiana, Rome, 1929; First Edition; Signed; 12mo, 159 pages; wraps. Collection of works by Colombian poet Luis Maria Mora, with preface by Antonio Gomez Restrepo providing an analysis of Mora’s work. Inscribed and signed in the year of publication by the author to Antonio Castellanos, early Los Angeles Mexican-American lawyer, political activist, and author. Very Good Plus, in printed wraps, a number of pages unopened. Clean and bright.

$125.00

Adam Mickiewicz 1798-1855, Selected Poetry & Prose, Centenary Commemorative Edition
seller photo

Adam Mickiewicz 1798-1855, Selected Poetry & Prose, Centenary Commemorative Edition

By Mickiewicz, Adam

Polonia Publishing House, Warsaw, 1955; First Edition; 8vo, 192 pages; illustrated. Centenary collection of the works of legendary Polish national poet and patriot Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855), edited and with an introduction by Stanislaw Helsztynski. A wealth of prose and poetry works by Mickiewicz, including a synopsis with substantial chapters from "Master Thaddeus," plus an informative collection of commentaries on Mickiewicz by a number of his contemporaries. Illustrated with thirteen full-page b&w plates, among them a portrait of Mickiewicz commissioned by Goethe, a portrait of Celina Mickiewicz, the poet’s wife, the monument to the Polish legion in Rome, and the monument to Mickiewicz in Paris. Text in English. Very Good, decorative embossed gray cloth, gilt titles. Clean, crisp, sharp, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.

$125.00

Selected Poems Of William Vaughn Moody, Edited, And With An Introduction By Robert Morss Lovett
seller photo

Selected Poems Of William Vaughn Moody, Edited, And With An Introduction By Robert Morss Lovett

By Moody, William Vaughn

Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston and New York, 1931; First Edition; 8vo, 200 pages; frontispiece portrait sketch, with guard tissue. Selected poems of William Vaughn Moody, with comprehensive ninety-two page biography at the front. (BAL 14332). Very Good Plus, pages unopened. Clean, crisp, and exceptionally bright, in a Very Good dust jacket with slight spine tan.

$55.00

Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant, Collected And Arranged By The Author
seller photo

Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant, Collected And Arranged By The Author

By Bryant, William Cullen

D. Appleton and Company, NY, 1878; First Edition; 8vo, 501 pages; illustrated. Complete collection of Bryant’s poetical works, beautifully illustrated throughout with 100 engravings from drawings by Birket Foster, Harry Fenn, Alfred Fredericks, and numerous others. Steel engraved frontispiece portrait plate of the author, with guard tissue. Richly bound in beveled boards with lime green cloth illustrated with a delicate botanical theme in gold and maroon. Decorative end papers, all page edges gilt. Lengthy foreword by R.H. Stoddard containing a detailed Bryant biography. Very Good Plus. Clean, crisp, corners sharp, binding tight, sound, and square, gilding brilliant. A beautiful book, published the last year of Bryant’s life.

$145.00

A Marianne Moore Reader
seller photo

A Marianne Moore Reader

By Moore, Marianne

Viking Press, NY, 1961; First Edition; 8vo, 301 pages; Prussian blue boards, gray cloth spine. Substantial collection of the poetry and prose of Marianne Moore, whom T. S. Eliot once described as "one of the few (writers) who have done the language some service in my lifetime," and who in 1951 had the unique distinction of winning the Pulitzer Prize, The National Book Award, and the Bollingen Prize, all in the same year. Includes, in addition to individual poems, the entirety of the two published collections "Like A Bulwark," and "O To Be A Dragon," numerous selections from "The Fables Of La Fontaine," the complete "Ford Correspondence Letters," several hitherto uncollected poems and essays, and a twenty-three page 1961 personal interview with Donald Hall from the Paris Review. Very Good, clean, crisp, bright, corners sharp, in a VG- dust jacket that has some chipping along the shoulders of the spine panel. Not price-clipped, no previous owner’s signatures.

$45.00

Wind Song
seller photo

Wind Song

By Sandburg, Carl

Harcourt, Brace and Co., New York, 1960; First Edition; 8vo, 127 pages; illustrated. Carl Sandburg’s personal selection of poems from amongst his many published works that he believed were particularly suited to children, plus the addition of sixteen entirely new poems. Illustrations by William A. Smith. Charming rear panel photograph of Sandburg posing with Smith’s young daughter. Very Good Plus, in a Very Good price clipped dust jacket. Clean, bright, and sharp. Previous owner neat name on f.f.e.p.

$40.00

Ariel, The Restored Edition, A Facsimile of Plath’s Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement
seller photo

Ariel, The Restored Edition, A Facsimile of Plath’s Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection and Arrangement

By Plath, Sylvia

Harper Colllins, NY, 2004; First Edition, first printing; 8vo, 211 pages. Original selection and arrangement of the poems of "Ariel" as left by Sylvia Plath at the time of her death, with reproductions of the typed manuscripts for each work, plus facsimile copies of the entire working draft for the title poem "Ariel." Foreword by Frieda Hughes, Plath’s daughter, in which she explains the reasons for the differences between the previously published edition as edited by her father Ted Hughes, and her mother’s original version, published here for the first time. Fine, in a Fine dust jacket.

$45.00

New Poems By Robert Browning And Elizabeth Barrett Browning
seller photo

New Poems By Robert Browning And Elizabeth Barrett Browning

By Browning, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Frederic G. Kenyon, Editor

The Macmillan Company, NY, 1915; First Edition; 8vo, 186 pages plus a 4-page Macmillan catalogue at the back; dark blue cloth; gilt spine titles. Collection of 29 poems by Robert Browning and 6 by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, uncovered for the first time at the Sotheby’s 1913 sale of the Browning estate and hitherto unpublished except in a very small limited edition for the use of well-heeled bibliophiles. Edited by Sir Frederic G. Kenyon, whose 18-page introduction begins with the "melancholy sight" of the Sotheby’s sales room on the day of the auction. Also includes E.B.B.’s criticisms on some of her future husband’s poems, and Robert B.’s answers to questions about some of his own poems. Illustrated with two steel engraved portrait plates, one of each poet. Very Good. There is a 2 1/4" transparent stain at the upper right corner of the blank rear end paper and paste down. No dust jacket.

$45.00

Memorial Sonnets
seller photo

Memorial Sonnets

By Dilworth, Hiram Powers

Hiram Powers Dilworth, Chicago, 1926; First Edition; small 8vo, 58 pages. Moving series of elegiac sonnets dedicated to the author’s parents, by turn of the century Chicago poet Hiram Powers Dilworth. Very Good, in printed wraps.

$45.00

Rusticacion Mexicana
seller photo

Rusticacion Mexicana

By Landivar, Rafael

Sociedad de Edicion y Libreria Franco Americana, Mexico City, 1924; First Edition; large 8vo, 311 pages; printed on laid paper; color illustrated stiff wraps. Called one of Latin America’s greatest descriptive poems, Rusticacion Mexicana describes in detail the flora and fauna, industries, mining, agriculture, cattle raising, and pastimes of eighteenth century New Spain. Rafael Landivar, born 1731, traveled to Mexico City from Guatemala in 1749, becoming a Jesuit priest and teaching rhetoric at Puebla and Tepoztlan. When the Jesuits were expelled from Latin America in 1767, Landivar was exiled to Italy, where Rusticacion was written, in Latin, and published in Modena in 1781. Described by the Dictionary of Mexican Literature as "a grandiose hymn to America, (which) exudes a nostalgic love for the lost fatherland." Translation from the second edition of Bologna, 1782, by Francisco Loureda, in Spanish, with the original Latin on the facing pages. Very Good Plus, edges untrimmed, pages unopened, in the original publisher’s illustrated wraps, no chips or tears. Pages fresh and supple, not brittle. Clean, crisp, and bright, binding tight, sound, and square, no ownership signatures or any other markings of any kind.

$125.00