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John Brown's Body

By BENET, Stephen Vincent

Murray Hill, NE: Rinehart & Company, 1928. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering. 336pp. Map endpapers. Very good. Spine a tad sunned with lettering a bit rubbed, else tight and internally near fine. Attractive early reprint edition of this book-length epic poem, winner of the 1929 Pulitzer Prize. A classic, the most famous John Brown rendering in verse --and this copy with choice bold ownership signature in blue ink on half-title page of Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), Illinois governor, two-time presidential candidate and noted Lincoln admirer himself. Benet (1898-1943) died at the relatively young age of 44; Stevenson was an admirer, and used a portion of Benet's 1942 "United Nations Prayer" (used by FDR in a Flag Day radio address) in his 1964 Christmas card -- when he was U.S. ambassador to the U.N.! A wonderful association copy.

$100.00

Tony's Scrap Book: 1933-34 Edition

By WONS, Anthony

Chicago: The Reilly & Lee Co, 1933. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy pebble-grained cloth with gilt lettering and rules, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. 112pp. Near fine/very good. Endpapers age toned as usual; jacket top edgeworn, with a few edge chips and archivally closed (on verso) edge tear -- but complete and bright nonetheless. Tight, attractive first edition of these excerpts from the popular WLS radio program in which this Wisconsinite mostly shared anecdotes, quotations and verse from poets both well-known and obscure with his listeners. Several such two-year compilations were issued. A charming period piece in nifty Art Deco jacket.

$25.00

Songs of the Rockies
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Songs of the Rockies

By HEWES, Charles Edwin

Allens Park, CO: The Egerton-Palmer Press, 1938. Hardcover. 8vo. Full blue leatherette with gilt lettering and pictorial stamping, pictorial dust jacket. 375pp. Fine/very good. Jacket age toned and a bit edgeworn, with several edge chips. Third and definitive edition of these mostly nature poems by the poet and novelist (1870-1947) who earned his keep as owner/proprietor of an inn at the base of Longs Peak. Tight and handsome, this fine copy bears his inscription and signature on front flyleaf: "To / Mrs. Frederic Wagner / 'In the Valley of Elkanah is love.' / Sincerely / Charles Edwin Hewes / H-K / August-31-1944." (The Valley of Elkanaha is the subject of several of his opems and "H-K" is Hewes-Kirkwood Inn.) Hewes first published this title in 1914, then significantly enlarged it and brought out a second edition in 1922, then significantly enlarged it again and brought out this third and final edition. A super copy in superb condition with the oft-absent jacket present.

$75.00

The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems

By MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering. x, 93pp. Very good. Spine gilt quite rubbed, while front board gilt still nice; 1925 ownership signature on front pastedown. A tight and nice first edition, third state ("B-Y"), of this Pulitzer Prize-winner.

$25.00

The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems

By MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1923. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering. x, 93pp. Very good. Faintest of edgewear and spine gilt heavily rubbed, though front board gilt bold and internally tight and near fine. A tight and nice first edition, third state ("B-Y"), of this Pulitzer Prize-winner.

$30.00

Conversation at Midnight

By MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937. Hardcover. 8vo. Quarter black cloth with paper spine label and blue paper over boards. xv, 126pp. Near fine. Paper spine label a tad toned and edge-chipped; endpapers a bit age toned. A tight and quite nice first edition ("F-M").

$20.00

Renascence and Other Poems

By MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1917. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Black cloth with gilt lettering. x, 93pp. Near fine. Spine and spine gilt faintly sunned. A tight, handsome early printing ("D-B") of Millay's first poetry collection.

$20.00

Fatal Interview: Sonnets

By MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1931. Hardcover. 8vo. Quarter black cloth and paper spine label and brown paper over boards. x, 52pp. Very good. Spine label a bit chipped, with faintest of mild edgewear and endpapers lightly toned -- else tight and internally near fine. Tight, attractive first edition ("C-F").

$25.00

Make Bright the Arrows: 1940 Notebook
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Make Bright the Arrows: 1940 Notebook

By MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1940. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth spine (with paper label) and tips and blue paper over boards, silver dust jacket with blue lettering. viii, 65pp. Near fine/good plus. Jacket edgeworn, with a few archivally closed (on verso) edge tears and a few small edge chips -- but complete and overall attractive. Quite tight and quite nice first edition.

$50.00

General William Booth Enters Into Heaven and Other Poems

By LINDSAY, Vachel

New York: Mitchell Kennerly, 1915. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Burgundy cloth with gilt spine lettering. 119pp. Very good. Tight and internally fine, the only mark being a faint squarish abrasion on front board. Early printing of the vagabond Illinois poet's first trade book -- sans jacket, otherwise an attractive copy.

$20.00

Spindrift
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Spindrift

By FULLER, Eugene White

Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 1951. Hardcover. Small 4to. Terra cotta cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 43pp. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. Quite tight and handsome first edition of this slim verse collection by this Illinois poet (1888-1967), who inscribes and signs the front flyleaf boldly in blue ballpoint: "Florence / Gene." Seymour (1876-1966) was a Chicago author and artist whose Alderbrink Press published Arts and Crafts-style books from the early 20th century into the 1950s.

$50.00

Spindrift

By FULLER, Eugene White

Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 1951. Hardcover. Small 4to. Terra cotta cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 43pp. Very good/very good. Light jacket edgewear, with single chip at spine tail; endpapers mildly age toned. A tight and nice first edition of this slim verse collection by this Illinois poet (1888-1967). Seymour (1876-1966) was a Chicago author and artist whose Alderbrink Press published Arts and Crafts-style books from the early 20th century into the 1950s.

$25.00

The Tent on the Beach and Other Poems
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The Tent on the Beach and Other Poems

By WHITTIER, John Greenleaf

Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1867. Hardcover. 12mo. Pebble-grained blind-ruled burgundy cloth with gilt lettering. 172pp. Very good. Lightly edgeworn and with spine faintly sunned; rear endpaper a tad smudged. A tight and nice first edition of this slim verse gathering -- first issue, with all proper points. Front flyleaf bears lightly pencilled first ownership signature of "May E. Staples / March 9th, 1867," noted New Orleans resident (1847-1932). BAL 21866.

$75.00

Human Chain
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Human Chain

By HEANEY, Seamus

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010. Hardcover. 8vo. Green paper over boards with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. viii, 85pp. Fine/fine. Small ownership signature/date on front pastedown. Superbly tight and pristine first U.S. edition of the Irish poet laureate's fourteenth and final verse collection.

$30.00

The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt
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The Collected Poems of Amy Clampitt

By CLAMPITT, Amy

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Small 4to. Burgundy cloth spine with gilt lettering and burgundy paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xxv, 471pp. Fine/near fine. Small ownership signature/date on front pastedown; jacket spine faintloy age toned. A superbly tight and handsome first edition of the acclaimed Iowa-born poet's five verse collections.

$25.00

The Flowers of Evil

By BAUDELAIRE, Charles

New York: New Directions, 1963. Hardcover. Edited by Marthiel and Jackson Mathews. 8vo. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xxxi, 448pp. Near fine/near fine. Small ownership signature on front pastedown. Tight and attractive later printing of the revised edition of this publisher's 1955 edition, with both the original French and translated English texts. An exceptionally lovely copy.

$25.00

Collected Poems

By LARKIN, Philip

New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1989. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xxvii, 330pp. Fine/near fine. Small ownership name/date on front pastedown. Quite tight and immaculate second printing.

$25.00

Selected Poetry of W.H. Auden

By AUDEN, W.H.

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 12mo. Burgundy cloth with silver spine lettering, dust jacket. 180pp, (2pp ads). Fine/very good. Lovely jacket faintly edgeworn, mainly along spine; small ownership signature on front pastedown. A tight, handsome early printing (ca. 1970) of the second edition of #109, first published in a ML edition in 1959 and re-edited for this 1970 edition.

$15.00

Where Is Christmas

By TROUBETZKOY, Ulrich

Richmond: The Baughman Company, 1960. Paperback. 24mo. Stiff light green wrappers with brown lettering and decoration. (16pp). Near fine. First and likely sole printing of this slim keepsake, being 16 Christmas-theme poems each first published in various national magazines. Dorothy Ulrich Troubetzkoy (1914-2003) was a Connecticut-born long-time Virginian (she married a Russian prince, hence the name) and a noted poet, journalist and writer.

$20.00

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