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The Defense of Guenevere
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The Defense of Guenevere

By Morris, William

London/New York: John Lane and the Bodley Head, 1905. 5 1/2" x 4 1/2" . 5 1/2" x 4 1/2". Flowers of Parnassus series. 43pp., beautifully illustrated by Jessie M. King who was known for her Art Nouveau style (Glascow School) drawings but she also designed jewelry, greeting cards, fabric, ceramics and batik textiles, and especially, murals. Bound in green leather centrally stamped in gilt, spine lettering and top edge gilt, a chip to head and a small nick to upper corner, tiny name or quote dated 1906. A very good copy.

$100.00

Under Quicken Boughs
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Under Quicken Boughs

By Hopper [Chesson], Nora, 1871-1906

London: John Lane; the Bodly Head, 1896. First Edition. Octavo. 4 preliminary leaves, 151 [1] pages, (16)pp ads, illustrated by Patten Wilson. After 1905 she married William Chesson the close friend of Kipling, but to most her maiden name (Nora Hopper) was how she was best known. She wrote primarily about Irish myths and cast them in poetic form. She especially noted the richness of erotic life which was suppressed by the Catholic writers of the era. Chris Corr noted in the Irish University Review that she and Yeats had kept the Irish tradition (sometimes called the 'Celtic Renascence' central though other Irish writers had taken over the London style of sensitivities. Yates considered her the best Irish writer in the first two books as well as her poems in The Yellow Book. Bound in green cloth lettered and decorated in red and black, spine lettering gilt and decorated in red and black, just a few minor spots of bubbling to cloth. A very nice copy. [See G. Krishnamurti, Eighteen-nineties, entry 124 on Women Writers in the 1890's].

$85.00

Eeldrop and Appleplex
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Eeldrop and Appleplex

By Eliot, T.S.

Tunbridge Wells, Kent: The Founding Press, 1992. Limited Edition. Octavo. Limited to 500 copies of which this is number 48. 10 (1) pages. The text is taken from The Little Review, May and September 1917. This work is T.S. Eliot's only short story from which two sentences must be added to the official canon. "There are evil neighborhoods of noise and evil neighborhoods of silence, and eeldrop and Appleplex preferred the latter as being the more evil." and "With the decline of orthodox theology and its admirable theory of the soul, the unique importance of events has vanished." Eliot had projected a much larger work and he created two outwardly conventional figures (one is a bank clerk [an occupation of Eliot's at one time] who rent rooms in a disreputable part of London to conduct a "survey of contemporary society". The sketches are full of Eliot's imagery which will be integrated into much of his richest poetry. A fine copy bound in stiff wraps lettered and decorated in black and green.

$50.00

A Bravery of Earth (by the Author with a Letter to  Mrs. Ogden Reid)
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A Bravery of Earth (by the Author with a Letter to Mrs. Ogden Reid)

By Eberhart, Richard

New York; (1930): Jonathan Cape. First Edition. Octavo. 128 pages. The author's first book inscribed to Mrs. Oden Reid with a one page autographed letter explaining first, why he was amiss in not bringing his first book over to her for sometime and then goes on to explain: "Please understand absolutely that it is not to "pay court" to you (I am sick and tired of those petty tyrannies exacted in the ? state) but for the thing itself that I give this, hoping you may find some pleasure in it." Sincerely, R.G.. Eberhart. Ophir Hall, 1931. Eberhart lived there in his youth and today it is known as Reid Hall located on the campus of Manhattanville College. It is also known as "The Castle" for it is vast and at one time was considered as a possible site for the United Nations. It was designed by Stanford White and built in 1892 as a dwelling for Whitelaw Reid. Frederick Law Olmsted was hired to landscape the estate. As the first of his poems, this work is highly autobiographical couched in language that evokes both rich imagery as well as philosophical reflections. The loss of his mother coupled with his father's loss of a large fortune all play into his suffering and yet exulation as the poem rises above his intense pain. Bound in red cloth, spine lettering gilt, top edge black, spine just a bit faded. A very nice, clean sharp cornered copy.

$350.00

Personae
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Personae

By Pound, Ezra

London: Elkin Matthews, 1909. First Edition. Small Octavo. 59 pages, the author's second book of which only 500 copies were bound. He had established himself as he befriended Ford Maddox Ford and William Butler Yeats (and serving as best man at Yeat's wedding). It was this work that established his reputation as a major poet; particularly, as it shows a deep background in scholarship. His friend T.S. Eliot would later note, "During a crucial decade in the history of modern literature, approximately 1912-1922, Pound was the most influential and in some ways the best critic in England or America." K.K. Ruthven said Pound was alienated from "an America which has closed its eyes to the classics." A near fine copy of one of the most important works of poetry in literary history. Bound in brown paper covered boards lettered in gilt, faint rubbing to joints.

$1100.00

Typed Letter Signed, 1 Page, Oct. 17, 1986 to Valerie Gates Stevens
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Typed Letter Signed, 1 Page, Oct. 17, 1986 to Valerie Gates Stevens

By Burnshaw, Stanley (1906-2005)

The poet-author has written a 50 line letter in response to Valerie Gates Steven who he knew in Michigan in the late 1920's, he even has a copy of her poem in "Poet Folio"'s final issue (May-June 1929). He reminds them of his poor friend Tony who had died of throat cancer. He then refers to his last published book of poems "In the Terrified Radiance" (Barzillier, 1972), and points to page 55 which memorializes his oldest and closest friend. He writes that he was died in 1908 and died in 1967. He then writes about Tony's extended family. He goes on to say he is glad she read his "My Friend, My Father" (1981) which he says was Leon Edel's idea and he is pleaded [Leon] wrote the introduction. He writes of her later poems which were never published, and kindly suggests that his own succes was largely luck. He notes his forthcoming "Robert Frost Himself" which is already in the bookstore though the release was supposed to be November 10 [a nearly three week pre-issue of his book]. He thinks she will find the Frost book much to her interest. Note: she had a correspondence with Frost, Wallace Stevens, and John Hall Wheelock (the latter who had written dozens of letters to her). Burnside now mentions that the Forst book will be of interest since it deals also with their mutual old friend Tony and someone she might have known at Michigan, Wade Van Dore. He writes it was largely through Tony and Wade that and what I call the 'Michigan network' that I learned so much of Frost in the years before I came to know him intimately. I was his friend and editor for the past five years of his life, and just before he died he urged me to write a book about him. He thought it was impossible but now the book is just out. He writes about his wife's surgery, he signs the letter Stanley and notes in a [p.s.] that his only living daughter is also named Valerie.

$225.00

The Broncho Book; Being Buck-Jumps in Verse..roped for Relief of the Author, the Diversion of Tenderfeet, and the Jo of All Those Who Love God's Great Out-of-Doors
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The Broncho Book; Being Buck-Jumps in Verse..roped for Relief of the Author, the Diversion of Tenderfeet, and the Jo of All Those Who Love God's Great Out-of-Doors

By Crawford, Captain Jack and Elbert Hubbard

East Aurora, New York: Roycrofters, 1908. Octavo. 143 pages, he dedicates the book to Thomas F. Walsh, after opening with his poems of the West with its vast canyons and open ranges. He writes to his Kentucky Rifle and his Winchester, he also writes likening himself to a bucking horse. He has poems reminiscent of his days serving with Pennsylvania's 48th Regiment as he writes the poems "The True Story of Marching Through Georgia" and "To the Daughter of John B. Gordon". When Crawford died in 1917, newspapers across the nation reported on the event, one writer paying tribute in these words: "[Crawford] was a real scout, and a real poet, a man with a warrior's soul and the heart of a woman" since he wrote affectionately with respect to women. Bound in dark brown suede lettered in gilt, red silk pastedowns, yapped edges with some short tears or chips. A good copy housed within a paper covered clamshell.(original?).

$135.00

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in Seven Parts
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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, in Seven Parts

By Coleridge, Samuel Taylor and Willy Pogany

New York,[1910]: Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. First Edition. Quarto. . First American trade edition beautifully illustrated by Willy Pogany with 20 tipped in color plates, beautifully decorated borders, several with artwork within the borders. One of the longest major poems of an English poet which is still published today. It had been illustrated by several different artist including Gustave Dore. Bound in gray cloth decoratively stamped in gilt, spine plain, rubbing to spine and corners, small damp stain near head of rear joint but not through cloth, now in custom mylar jacket. A very nice copy of this American edition.

$375.00

The Book of the Sonnet (Edited By Leigh Hunt and Samuel Adams Lee)
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The Book of the Sonnet (Edited By Leigh Hunt and Samuel Adams Lee)

By Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859

New York: W.E. Benjamin, 1867. Benjamin, Walter Evarts. Octavo. 2 vol set, large paper edition, #65 of 100 copies, each with two etchings of Leigh Hunt by William Evarts Benjamin. The only other recorded large paper edition is at the Newberry Library. Williams Evarts Benjamin (1839-1940) who began as a partner with his brother Walter R. Benjamin, soon moved from general books to fine antiquarian works. His customers included Walter Hoe, Beverly Chew, and a host of others (Dictionary of American Antiquarian Booksellers, p. 13ff). Since he was also a major financer and President of the Atlantic Coast Electric Railway and was Director of the Virginia Railway, he was able to acquire the finest items and still give a large gift of $75,000 in 1927 to the Library of Congress. Here he produced not only one of Leigh Hunt's finest works but in a large paper limited edition which is ideal for the collector who also is a reader of the great writers of sonnets from Shakespeare, Sidney, Spencer, Byron and Keats to the Hunts themselves. Bound in full blue-green morocco by Estes & Lauriat, raised bands with compartments lettered and decorated in gilt and red, corners decorated in gilt and red, beautiful gilt decorated doublures, top edges gilt, a very nice set with minor spots of rubbing.

$425.00

Out to Old Aunt Mary's
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Out to Old Aunt Mary's

By Riley, James Whitcomb

Indianaolis; (1904): Bobbs-Merrill. First Editon. Octavo. 2nd issue with Braunsworth & Company, imprint with four dots. 96 unnumbered pages, illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy and decorated by Margaret Armstrong. with the rare unrecorded dust jacket in near fine condition and in the original box. Green A cloth, with no lettering, pasted to front. End papers printed in green with a pastoral scene and lettering. title page in orange and black. The poem was issued in 1888 but Bobbs-Merrill wanted a deluxe edition for Christmas in 1904 so had copies available in the late fall of 1904 and had Howard Chandler Christy as its illustrator who also illustrated the very rare dust jacket also Margaret Armstrong did all the decorations. Previous owner's gift inscription on half-title page else a near fine copy with two small stains to upper edge of jacket, in worn box lacking one end flap to lid of box. [BAL 16667].

$250.00

Poems
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Poems

By Churchill, C[Charles]

London: for John Churchill and W. Flexney, 1766. Octavo. In two volumes. Third edition. From the library of Pauncefort-Duncombe with his Brickhill Manor bookplate. 369 and 330pp., signed at the end of volume two as usual by John Churchill who was the executor of Charles' estate. The author, a poetical satirists was the son of Rev. Charles Churchll, curate and lecturer of St. John's Westminster. His poem, The Rosciad was his first poem and most believe his best. Bound in full calf trimmed in a decorative gilt, handsomely rebacked, bands gilt, double black leather spine labels gilt, old repair to half-title in volume one.

$185.00

The Poetical Works of Robert Burns
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The Poetical Works of Robert Burns

By Burns, Robert

London; Nd(ca.1810): Printed By J. Smith for J.A. Oddy. 12mo. In two volumes, Vol. I. Engraved frontispiece of Burns, vignette title page, 2 engravings dated 1810, xxxiv, 179pp. Vol. II. engraved frontispiece, vignette title page, 2 other engravings both dated 1810. vi, 190pp. includes glossary. A nice collection of Scottish poems by Robert Burns, nicely bound in contemporary calf, flat spine lettered and decorated in gilt, early owner's name. A very nice little set with tiny split to head of volume 1.

$165.00

The Lady of the Lake
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The Lady of the Lake

By Christy, Howard Chandler and Sir Walter Scott

np(1910): The Bobbs-Merrill Co. Quarto. no pagination. Beautifully illustrated in color and in black and white by Howard Chandler Christy set to Scott's beautiful and unforgetable poem. Bound in a signed (B.S.:Bertha Stuart) designed binding of green cloth decorated with yellow flowers and green stems, lettering gilt within gilt frame, spine in blind, minor wear to corners, no names or bookplates. A very good copy with just a bit of toning to outer margins.

$160.00

Lenore
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Lenore

By Poe, Edgar A.

Boston: Estes and Lauriat, 1886. Limited Edtion. Quarto. . Limited to 280 copies. The present copy is #35, large paper copy illustrated by H. Sandham, printed on fine laid paper, bound in hard embossed dark brown calf, upper cover stamped with the bust of "Lenore" within a framework of a leaf design, the rear cover is of a basket weave design, floral endpapers, all edges gilt. previous owner's name discretely written on lower corner of front endpaper dated 1886. A beautiful copy.

$850.00

The Poetical Works of John Milton with Notes of Various Authors; and with Some Accounts of the Life and Writings of Milton ....
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The Poetical Works of John Milton with Notes of Various Authors; and with Some Accounts of the Life and Writings of Milton ....

By Todd, Rev. Henry John

London: Rivingtons; Longman, and Col, Etal, 1842. In four volumes, fourth edition. 523, 589, 431 and 560pp. A handsome set bound in full tan polished calf, raised bands with compartments decorated in gilt, red and black morocco spine labels gilt, all edges marbled with matching endpapers, previous owner's bookplate John Trotter esq. of Bush. Internally fresh with some scattered foxing to endsheets only. Very nice.

$375.00

Poems (Fore-edge Painting)
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Poems (Fore-edge Painting)

By Hood, Thomas

London: Edwad Moxon and Co, 1863. 12mo. Sixteenth edition with a fore-edge painting depicting a scenery with a large estate, people and trees. A beautiful copy bound in green pebble grained morocco paneled in gilt, raised bands with compartments fully decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, previous owner's gift inscription dated 1911. A fine bright copy, internally fresh.

$575.00

The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
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The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

By Poe, Edgar A.

New York/London;: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1902. Limited Edition. Octavo. The Eldorado edition, one of only 150 copies signed and numbered by the publisher. In ten volumes edited and chronologically arranged on the basis of the standard text, with certain additional material and with a critical introduction by Charles F. Richardson, professor of English in Dartmouth College, beautifully illustrated by Frederick Simpson Coburn with printed tissue guards. Bound in publisher's 3/4 green morocco over light green cloth, flat spines lettered and decorated in an art Nouveau floral motif, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, green morocco has changed evenly to brown on spines and corners of volume one. a few spots of staining to a couple of volumes, gilt on top edges with some degree of wear to gilt otherwise, a very good set of this scarce limitation.

$2750.00

The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer to Which are Appended Poems Attributed to Chaucer
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The Poetical Works of Geoffrey Chaucer to Which are Appended Poems Attributed to Chaucer

By Chaucer, Geoffrey (Arthur Gilman, Editor)

Boston; (1879): Houghton, Mifflin and Co. Small Octavo. . In three volumes, 598, 691 and 708pp. The editor writes in his opinion, no text of Chaucer's poems are available for use that was worthy of the poet's name, or of the standard of excellence and purity established for the series. Those scholars connected with the Chaucer Society of London established by Frederick J. Furnivall, offered their knowledge and labor. The present edition has been taken of these important labors, including investigations into the sources of Chaucer's stories, the meaning of his words, and the chronology of his poems. A handsome set bound in 3/4 tan polished calf over marbled paper covered boards with matching endpapers and marbled edges, slightly raised bands, red and blue contrasting morocco labels gilt, other compartments elaborately gilt decorated. Only very minor spots of wear.

$300.00

English and Scottish Ballads
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English and Scottish Ballads

By Child, Francis James

Boston: James R. Osgood and Co, 1877. 12mo. In eight volumes. The editor has collected those ballads written in the 18th century or earlier. In the preface, the author gives a listing of what each book contains, for example; Volume I contains ballads involving superstitions of various kinds, fairies, elves, legends of popular heroes and more. Volume six are ballads of Outlaws, especially Border Outlaws, of Border Foray and feuds, etc. The other volumes contains historical ballads, humorous, satirical, burlesque, love and tragic ballads and more. Bound in 3/4 tan calf over marbled paper covered boards, raised bands, red and black contrasting morocco labels gilt, compartments fully gilt decorated, marbled endpapers and marbled edges, some scuffing or rubbing, minor chipping to spine ends, volume seven has a chip through the outer margins of a few leaves, volume four with a chip to upper label, some staining to bindings, previous owner's gift inscription. A good set.

$450.00

Rhymes of a Red Crossman
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Rhymes of a Red Crossman

By Service, Robert W.

New York; (1916): Barse and Hopkins. First American Edition. Octavo. 192pp., illustrated by Charles L. Wrenn. Service was born in England, lived in Scotland then at the age of 21 moved to Canada to fulfill his dream of adventure. He became the great "Poet of the Yukon". A fine, as new, copy bound in red pictorial cloth decorated in black, white, green and red, pictorial gilt spine, in near fine original glassine wrapper with light chipping to head, housed in its original pictorial box which is quite worn and tape mended with pieces missing.

$125.00

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